June 7–July 3
33 S. State St., 7th floor | Free and open to the public | Tuesdays–Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Reception: Monday, June 9, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Industry Event: Wednesday, June 11th, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
ATTACHMENTS celebrates autonomous components
as well as the bonds that stitch them together.
Featured works address the idea of attachment literally, emotionally and conceptually, seeking connections
within personal and public environments or pursuing interactions between traditions and emerging practices.
One installation, vibrant in color and form, connects participants to each other as they assemble and reassemble
its pieces and engage in a collaborative experience. Collective involvement within the public realm is examined
in another project, which proposes a complimentary bike system attached to Chicago’s transit infrastructure.
Several projects in the exhibition explore physical and emotional attachment to objects as they represent histories
or map behaviors, including a structure designed to gather objects, notes and souvenirs that conjure memories
and link the viewers to everyday moments of the past.
ATTACHMENTS also showcases four appended group exhibitions: whatnot, ThingLab, Shape & Theory
and GFRY studio’s publi©ity. Each group demonstrates a dedication to individual vision, while exposing
new connections within the context of the exhibition and provokes forward thinking discourse.
The work presented throughout the exhibition stems from the strong bonds shared within the school
and the creative exchange between students, faculty, staff and community.
ATTACHMENTS is curated by SAIC faculty members and architects Odile Compagnon and Ania Jaworska
—with assistance from Jessica Moss (MAAAP 2015)—who collaborated with an interdisciplinary group
of students to design the exhibition space and the graphics. Reinforcing the concept of exchange, the exhibition
layout allows for conversations between disciplines, each allotted to a specific area but linked together
within a promenade, which is punctuated by larger installations.
On view during NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition, ATTACHMENTS features 19 works
by graduating design students in the Master of Architecture; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture;
Master of Design in Designed Objects; Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects;
and Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment programs.