Urban Art and the Building - Objects Symposium

Urban Art and the Building – Objects Symposium

Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Time: 2:00pm to 5:40pm

Location: Eckhardt Research Center (5640 S Ellis Ave,) Lecture Room 401B

Description: “Urban Objects” focuses on all that “stuff” in urban space that’s neither building nor infrastructure—benches, streetlights, bus shelters, sculptures, performance works, and small-scale projects. Complicating clear-cut distinctions between architecture, design, and art, these objects shuttle between domains of the purely functional and the non-utilitarian. Less an intervention as they are a kind of tactical insertion into everyday space, urban objects—whether mobile or static, animate or inanimate—elicit a moment of pause for reflection and re-activate public space in subtle and sometimes bold ways. We will consider not only architectural designs and urban furniture, but also sculptural and performative artistic insertions that seem to blend into the urban environment, while incisively drawing our attention to urban space, processes, and issues.

The Symposium will combine performance presentation, and site visits from and with our speakers.


2:00 – 2:10 – Welcome and Introduction, Christine Mehring and Nancy Lin

Speaker Presentations

2:10 – 2:30pm – Pope.L | Artist | Associate Professor of Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago

2:30 – 2:50pm – Jessica Stockholder | Artist | Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor, and Chair, Professor of Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago

2:50 – 3:20pm – Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA)

3:20: Coffee Break (10 min.)

3:30 – 4:00pm – Dana Cuff | Professor of Architecture/Urban Design and Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs | Director, cityLAB

4:00 – 4:30pm – Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Christine Mehring and Nancy Lin

Site Visits

4:30 – 5:00pm – OPA’s Nuclear Thresholds

Contact Us

For more information about UChicago Urban, contact:

Anne Dodge
Executive Director, UChicago Urban

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