Monday, February 16, 2009

John Zukowsky on Architecture and Air Travel: Rare Chicago Appearance Tuesday Night at CAF

John Zukowsky, former curator of Architecture at the Art Institute when architecture still seemed to matter over there, returns to Chicago for a 6:00 P.M. presentation at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, On, Above, and Beyond the Tarmac: The Endless Dialogue Between Airplanes and Airport Design. Zukowsky, now chief curator at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, will be examining the ongoing relationship between "airplanes and the architectural facilities created to ennoble and also functionally process the occupants, crew and passengers alike, of flying machines." During his years at the Art Institute, Zukowsky curated two landmark exhibitions in this area, 1996's, Building for Air Travel: Architecture and Design for Commercial Aviation, and 2001: Building for Space Travel, from, appropriately enough, 2001.

The lecture is being presented in conjunction with CAF's current exhibition ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport, which features photographs by Robert Burley and Hedrich Blessing, and is on display in the same John Buck Lecture Hall in which Zukowsky will be giving his talk. Come early or stay late and you can also take in my own exhibition at CAF, Boom Towns! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds, which has been remounted and will be on display through May 1.

There are reportedly still some seats available for John Zukowsky's lecture. Tickets are $10.00 ($5.00 for CAF members and students) and you can buy on-line. The lecture takes place 6:00 - 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 17th, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan.

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