Dimensions of Citizenship. US Pavilion for the Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018

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Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger
Associate Curator
Iker Gil
On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs The School of the Art Institute of Chicago The University of Chicago
Representative Commisioners
Bill Brown, Paul Coffey, Bill Michel and Jonathan Solomon
Curatorial Advisory Board
Bill Brown, Theaster Gates, Mary Jane Jacob, Ollie Palmer, Jonathan Solomon, Jessica Stockholder, Amy Thomas and Yesomi Umolu
Exhibition & Graphic Designer.- Inventory Form & Content, Los Angeles. Editorial Partner.- e-flux Architecture, Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anton Vidokle. Media Sponsor.- Architectural Record. Project Manager.- Samantha Topol. Programming Director, CitizenSHIP.- Jerome Chou. Exhibition & Program Coordinator.- Fabiola Tosi. Editor.- Lucas Freeman. Installation Lead.- Levi Murphy. Venice Architectural Coordinator.- Robert Hayes Kekeli Sumah Amanda Wills. Venice Architectural Coordinator.- Giacomo Di Thiene, Th&Ma Architettura. Structural Consulting.- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Lighting and AV Advisor.- Arup. AV Consultant.- Jeff Panall
US pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale. Giardini. Venice. Italy
26 May to 25 November 2018, 10am – 6pm The Giardini is closed Mondays


Iker Gil is the founder of MAS Studio, the Editor in Chief of the nonprofit MAS Context, and the Executive Director of the SOM Foundation. He has edited or coedited several books including Radical Logic: On the Work of Ensamble Studio and Shanghai Transforming.

He has curated multiple exhibitions including Nocturnal Landscapes, Poured Architecture: Sergio Prego on Miguel Fisac, and BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. He was cocurator of Exhibit Columbus 2020–2021 and Associate Curator of the US Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Iker has received several grants and awards for his work, including the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grants, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grants, Ruy de Clavijo grant by Casa Asia, and PICE grant by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española).

Ann Lui

Ann Lui is currently an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Also a founding partner of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture office, her work focuses on the role of architecture as an infrastructure for discourse. She holds a B.Arch from Cornell University and a SMArchS from MIT’s History, Theory and Criticism program, where her research focused on corporate architecture in the postwar period. Previously, Ann practiced at offices including SOM, Bureau Spectacular, and Morphosis Architects. She was Assistant Editor of OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015), co-edited MIT’s journal Thresholds (MIT SA+P, 2015), and is editing a forthcoming volume with Gediminas Urbonas on the role of architects and artists in the civic realm, titled Public Space? Lost and Found.

Exhibitions: Manhattanisms, Storefront for Art & Architecture; Imagining the Modern, Carnegie Museum of Art; Circus for Construction, New Museum; OfficeUS, La Biennale di Venezia. Publications: Public Space? Lost and Found (2017); Thresholds “Scandalous” (MIT SA+P Press, 2015); OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015); JAE; Mas Context; Uncube Magazine. Awards: Oslo Architecture Triennale; Schlossman Fellowship (MIT), Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship (Cornell), Penny White Prize (Harvard GSD), Chicago Prize (CAC), Chicago Burnham Prize (CAC), Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal, Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal (Cornell).

Mimi Zeiger

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. Her work is situated at the intersection architecture and media cultures. She is co-curator of the US Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture.

Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses, Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, and Tiny Houses in the City. In 1997, Zeiger founded loud paper, an influential zine and digital publication dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse.

She has curated, contributed to, and collaborated on projects that have been shown at the Art Institute Chicago, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, pinkcomma gallery, and the AA School. She co-curated Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, which received the Bronze Dragon award at the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen.

She teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design and is former co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She has taught at the School of Visual Art, Art Center, Parsons New School of Design, the California College of the Arts (CCA) and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc.) She holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Niall Atkinson

Niall Atkinson received his PhD in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Department of Architecture at Cornell University in 2009.  After a year teaching at Texas Christian University he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2010. 

Atkinson’s research and teaching focus on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, with a particular focus on the experience of artistic environments and urban spaces in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. These fields have led him into investigations of the soundscapes of Renaissance Florence and the role of the acoustic environment in the meaning of built space and the construction of social communities. Currently he is exploring ways of using new digital technologies to visualize these acoustic and spatial relationships. Two other long-term projects are now underway. The first involves a study of urban disorientation in the Renaissance city. This project comprises two trajectories, one being an analysis of the ways in which Italians encountered and navigated the topographies and monuments of foreign territories, the other a more locally based investigation of the multi-media strategies at work in the massive transformations planned for Renaissance Rome. The second project is a collaboration with Susanna Caviglia, entitled “Wandering in Rome,” which looks at the representation of the mental and physical experience representations of the city by French travelers to early modern Rome.

Atkinson is involved in two collaborative research projects supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: “Interwoven: Sonic, Visual and Textual Histories of the Indian Ocean World” with Philip Bohlman, James Nye, Laura Rings and Anna Seastrand; and “Visualizing the Changing Spatial and Social Ecology of Renaissance Florence” with John Padgett. Atkinson’s book The Noisy Renaissance was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award of the College Art Association. He has held residential felloships at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.



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