Chicago Architecture Biennial ‘Up All Night With Architecture’ and ‘Building Blocks’ Programs at the Chicago Cultural Center this October 30–December 17

October 21, 2015

FREE Programs Explore Architecture Through Art, Dance and More

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573

Jamey Lundblad, 312.744.2493

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to collaborate with the Chicago Architecture Biennial on several FREE public programs at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. From a lecture series exploring architecture through the lens of the visuals arts, dance more to a late-night celebration of architecture to an all-night slumber party at “The People’s Palace” for children aged 6 to 12 (and their adult companions), DCASE will present programs for architecture buffs as well as beginners this October 30 to November 20.

Up All Night With Architecture
Friday, October 30, 6pm–midnight
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
On the eve of Halloween, join art and architecture enthusiasts for presentations, conversations, hands-on workshops and maker activities – featuring an art and architecture-oriented PechaKucha with Peter Exley, co-founder of the design firm Architecture is Fun; a conversation with public-interest design guru Bryan Bell, founder of Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED); a film screening and discussion of Candyman; and a flashlight tour of the Chicago Cultural Center and beyond with Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson.

“Building Blocks” Lecture Series

The free Building Blocks series brings together an exciting mix of artists, makers and thinkers to explore ideas around and beyond the built environment as well as notions of what constitutes place – literally and figuratively, physically and virtually – in their work.

Building Blocks: Moving Through Non-Traditional Spaces
Monday, November 2, 6:30–8:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Local choreographers and dancers Victoria Bradford, currently creating a dance each day through her Neighborhood dances project, Carron Little, founder and director of Out of Site Chicago, and Khecari, a Chicago-based contemporary dance company, discuss how they create performance in non-traditional spaces and use architecture, found environments and the city as their stage.

Building Blocks: The Inside Game – How Space Decides, Defines and Defies Access
Friday, November 13, 12–1:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Caleb Hammons, Associate Producer at Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Katherine Darnstadt, founder of Latent Design, and Charles Leeks, of the National Public Housing Museum, examine the role that constructed spaces play in defining, providing or denying access to users.

Building Blocks: Choreography as Architecture
Monday, November 16, 6:30–8:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Minneapolis-based choreographer Chris Schlichting will be in conversation with visual artist Jen Davis on their recent performance collaboration Stripe Tease, at the Storefront Theater on November 20 & 21. Schlichting will discuss his dance-making in relationship to the class “Choreography as Architecture” that he teaches at University of Minnesota.

Building Blocks: Configuring and Contesting Notions of Home
Thursday, December 3, 6:30–8:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Fiber artist Camille Brewer; artist and curator Faheem Majeed; artists and co-directors of The Franklin, Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan; and artistic director of 6018North, Tricia Van Eck, look at often competing notions of home and belonging through art, architecture and the built environment.

Building Blocks: The Architecture of Sound
Thursday, December 17, 6:30–8:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Artists and composers Olivia Block, Owen Clayton Condon and Walter Kitundu; senior acoustic consultant at Arup’s SoundLab, Ryan Biziorek; and artist, educator and Experimental Sound Studio founding member and executive director, Lou Mallozzi, discuss the possibilities of sound in and as architectural environments and pose questions about interventions that can manipulate one’s experience of a soundscape.

Up All Night With Architecture – Family Overnight
Friday, November 20, 6pm–Saturday, November 21, 8am
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Children and their families are invited to the first-ever slumber party at the landmark
Chicago Cultural Center. Explore behind-the-scenes tours of the Chicago Architectural Biennial exhibits, build with Kids Science Labs, draw with architects Norman Kelley, watch The Lego Movie and much more! For children 6-12 accompanied by an adult. This program is free, but advance registration will be required, opening October 26 at

All programs are presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit


Chicago Architectural Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs through January 3, 2016, and is free and open to the general public at the Chicago Cultural Center and sites across the city. The Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Through a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and a program of events, the Biennial will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field. The event is supported by the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation, with additional support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Chicago Park District. All funding for the event is privately raised, with significant investments from BP and SC Johnson. For a complete list of exhibitions, public programs, supporters, media partners and program partners, visit


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