Exhibitions have long played a crucial role in defining disciplinary histories. They mark pivotal moments in time, articulate points of urgency, suggest future directions, and document the environment in which new narratives or arguments unfold. Today, the fields of architecture and design, spurred by a multitude of cross-cultural and global conversations, are opening up to new definitions, ways of working, and design and production processes. This talk will explore the changing role of architecture and design exhibitions and how they position and exchange ideas.
Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her projects include the exhibition In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury, to open in 2019. In 2017, she co-curated Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute and edited As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History. In 2014, she curated the second Istanbul Design Biennial. Ryan has taught graduate seminars at the School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago.