Sept 18 - Jan 8, 2016

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Forms of Imagination explores the way Arts + Public Life creates ambitious public design and architecture projects that foster creative communities in Chicago's mid-South Side. The exhibition and related programs shift the gaze from design product to design process, giving audiences and visitors the opportunity to examine how Arts + Public Life uses its spaces, programs and other resources, as well as its unique partnerships with local artists, designers, students, youth, business owners to enhance the built environment, cultural landscape and livability of Washington Park. The exhibition will include projects by Carlos Rolón/Dzine, PORT Urbanism, Mikel Patrick Avery, as well as the leading architects’ visions for the Green Line Art Center, a future arts space on Garfield Boulevard. 

Forms of Imagination is an exhibition of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Mikel Patrick Avery
PORT Urbanism
Carlos Rolón/Dzine

Curated by Paola Aguirre and Tempestt Hazel.


1 | Composer, musician and instrument designer Mikel Patrick Avery embraces the challenge of making music out of unconventional materials. Urban design firm PORT Urbanism specializes in creating new approaches to collective urban space. For the exhibition, they will collaboratively create an interactive, percussion-inspired installation in a vacant lot. The installation will illustrate cross-disciplinary collaboration process, as well as what it takes to produce large-scale projects in public space with small budgets.  

2 | Artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty, and their relationships to art history, subculture, appropriation, and institutions. His work often recontextualizes urban-cultural artifacts from a position of singularity to a place where they can be celebrated and carefully considered within a larger social context. Rolón will apply his practice to the Arts + Public Life hand-crafted vendor cart that has been with the Arts Incubator since its inception and in many ways represents Arts + Public Life’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

3 | A future expansion of arts and culture offerings along Garfield Boulevard, the Green Line Arts Center is an adaptive reuse project that illustrates the more formal, traditional, and long-term architectural process. After many months of research and planning, the project is currently soliciting Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from a short list of local and international architecture studios. For the exhibition, each architect offers their ideas for the design of the art center and how those designs would lend themselves to the ambitions of the art that will be housed there.  

Presented by Arts + Public Life with additional support from Theaster Gates, Eric McKissack, the Office of the Provost, Amy and John Phelan, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, and Arts + Public Life’s Place Lab.



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