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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, January 26, 2018


Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society


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Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
(773) 834-8936


On the occasion of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, Neubauer Collegium Exhibitions will present Havana Case Study, a new project by New York-based Canadian artist Terence Gower.

Havana Case Study is the second in a series of installations that use American diplomatic architecture as a lens through which to analyze US international relations (the first work in the series is Baghdad Case Study, 2012), and is based on extensive research in Havana and in US archives. In the late 1940s, the US embarked on an ambitious embassy-building campaign, employing the leading modern architects of the day, and calling for an architecture that expressed “the US as an open, dynamic and cooperative modern country…” Gower’s research examines the embassy program’s attempt to represent the aspirations of a government and its foreign policy through architecture, and how both the function and meaning of embassy buildings have been altered by the US and host governments over the course of their existence.