The Chicago presentation of Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos – a reinstallation of the official U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale – will now open Thursday, February 28, 2019.  The opening, originally scheduled for February 15, was postponed due to a slowdown in cargo handling and subsequent transportation delays from the East Coast-based shipyard.  Dimensions of Citizenship will be on view for the first time in the United States at Wrightwood 659, a new art space designed by Tadao Ando and located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago.

“The exhibition contents arrived via boat from Italy to a New York shipyard and have been held up there for weeks, due to congestion in the port,” said Wrightwood 659 Director Lisa Cavanaugh.  “It is worth noting, given the fact that this exhibition tackles topics of migration and boundaries, that the recent government shutdown complicated and no doubt contributed to the delay in the receipt of our shipment.” 

Devoted to exploring the relationships between citizenship, architecture, and design, Dimensions of Citizenship presents seven immersive installations, each created by a transdisciplinary team of artists, architects, and designers, as well as suite of film and video works by an international group of filmmakers. Commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The University of Chicago (UChicago), the U.S. presentation of Dimensions of Citizenship at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago is made possible by Alphawood Foundation Chicago.

Dimensions of Citizenship curators are Niall Atkinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and the College, The University of Chicago; Ann Lui, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and co-founder of Future Firm; Mimi Zeiger, Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator, faculty member in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design, and visiting professor at Southern California Institute of  Architecture; and Associate Curator Iker Gil, Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, director of MAS Studio, and founder of MAS Context. The U.S. Pavilion exhibition and graphic designer is IN-FO.CO.Related programming will be announced shortly.

Dimensions of Citizenship opens Thursday, February 28, and will be on view at Wrightwood 659 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through April 27, 2019.  Tickets will be available online only starting Monday, February 18, at 10am. A limited number of free tickets will be released every Monday at 10am for the current week. Guests wishing to make advanced reservations may purchase tickets for $20. Walk-ins will not be accommodated. 

For the most updated information, please visit: www.wrightwood659.org.

Photo: Cosmorama by Design Earth at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion © Tom Harris. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago