As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History is an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago that looks at influential architecture and design exhibitions throughout the twentieth century. Coinciding with the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, As Seen represents eleven group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006 from diverse institutions and cities, taking inventory of exhibition techniques, their influence on the practice of design, and the exhibitions’ relationship to knowledge-building more broadly.
Project Projects carried out the exhibition design, extending our collaboration with the curators of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial (2014), and makes typographic references to that event, using Caslon Doric and Atlas and a motif of centered headers. Each exhibition is presented as a large-format vinyl printout of exhibition documentation, paired with a vitrine of ephemera, and board-mounted images. Two quotes overlapping the vinyl—one from a public source, and one from a historian—provide context.
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