As Seen Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History Zoë Ryan, Paola Antonelli, Jan Boelen, Meredith Carruthers, Alison Clarke, Penelope Dean, Alison M. Fisher, Lindsay Garbutt, Karen Kice, Prem Krishnamurthy, Sylvia Lavin, Debbie Millman, Jonathan Olivares, Alice Rawsthorn, Zoë Ryan, Mirko Zardini

Publication date:
21 Nov 2017
Art Institute of Chicago
144 pages: 248 x 190mm
128 color + 96 b-w illus.
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Exhibitions have long played a crucial role in defining disciplinary histories. This fascinating volume examines the impact of eleven groundbreaking architecture and design exhibitions held between 1956 and 2006, revealing how they have shaped contemporary understanding and practice of these fields. Featuring written and photographic descriptions of the shows and illuminating essays from noted curators, scholars, critics, designers, and theorists, As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History explores the multifaceted ways in which exhibitions have reflected on contemporary dilemmas and opened up new processes and ways of working. Providing a fresh perspective on some of the most important exhibitions of the 20th century from America, Europe, and Japan, including This Is Tomorrow, Expo ’70, and Massive Change, this book offers a new framework for thinking about how exhibitions can function as a transformative force in the field of architecture and design.


Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.