CAPA Director participates in Art Design Chicago Interview Marathon hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist at Expo Chicago

“Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” will be the first US-based marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, and one of the world’s leading curators, critics, and art historians. In 2005, Obrist hosted his first interview marathon—a 24-hour conversational exploration of art, ideas and creativity. The marathon format has become a central part of his practice ever since.

“Creative Chicago” will take a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city—past, present, and future. Bringing together artists, authors, activists, architects, historians, musicians, philosophers and scientists, the “Creative Chicago” marathon will examine the numerous sparks that make the city a center for art, design and architecture. 

Current participants include:

  • Amanda Williams, Artist

  • Art Green, Artist

  • Barbara Kasten, Artist

  • Brandon Breaux, Artist

  • Cauleen Smith, Artist

  • Dawoud Bey, Photographer

  • Eddie Bocanegra, Organizer/Activist

  • Eula Biss, Writer

  • Eve Ewing, Writer/Visual Artist

  • Fatimah Asghar, Poet

  • Gerald Williams, Artist

  • Jeanne Gang, Architect

  • Joseph Grigely, Artist/Art Historian

  • Louise Bernard, Museum Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum

  • Shani Crowe, Artist/Performer

  • Stanley Tigerman, Architect

  • Theaster Gates, Artist

  • Tim Samuelson, City Historian

  • And more to be announced.

The Chicago Humanities Festival will present this four-hour interview marathon as part of Art Design Chicago at Navy Pier in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO 2018.

CAPA Associate Director Featured in Voyage Chicago

CAPA Associate Director Bianca Bova is currently featured in Voyage Chicago: 

Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Unlike other preservation-related organizations, CAPA isn’t involved in advocacy (though everyone affiliated with the archive generally is, independently), but is instead devoted to the documentation and stewardship of materials related to the practices of early urban preservationists. CAPA is uniquely positioned to operate within the infrastructure of the museum system. 

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Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic Blair Kamin on CAPA

"Chicago has a new historic preservation group, but unlike the best-known existing ones, Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago, it’s not an advocacy organization intent upon entering the city’s noisy political fray.

Instead, the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive — CAPA, for short — has set for itself the quieter task of documenting and safeguarding materials related to the practices of early urban preservationists, including the late photographer Richard Nickel. Nickel, who fell to his death in 1972 while inside the under-demolition Chicago Stock Exchange Building, would have turned 90 on May 31.

Led by Director Tim Samuelson, the city’s official cultural historian, and Associate Director Bianca Bova, a Chicago-based curator and art critic, CAPA last Friday held its first public event — a panel discussion at the Chicago Cultural Center that explored the ongoing relevance of Nickel’s work. The event was part of a lecture series run by the Chicago architectural journal MAS Context.

CAPA, whose holdings will include architectural fragments from Samuelson’s extensive collection, will be located at Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St. The holdings will be available to the public as well as researchers and artists."

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The Architect's Newspaper speaks with CAPA

"No one interfacing with the Chicago School of Architecture–specifically the work of Louis Sullivan–is able to detach themselves from what Richard Nickel wrote or what he saw. Nickel has been studied and dissected in many ways before, but a new organization seeks to take a fresh, objective look at the raw body of his work."

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(f)Newsmagazine features CAPA Associate Director's Research

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (f)Newsmagazine recently ran a feature on CAPA Associate Director Bianca Bova's ongoing research into the practice of the late architectural photographer Richard Nickel. 

"Bova is currently at work on a Richard Nickel biography intended to serve as a 'corrective measure against the misconceptions that have been perpetuated … both personally and professionally, she says. 'It will draw primarily from his own written accounts of his work, personal letters and memoranda, and contain as little opinion as possible.”

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Announcing the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive

May 11, 2018

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Bianca Bova, Associate Director

Mana Contemporary Chicago - 233 S Throop Street, Room 300

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive (CAPA). CAPA is devoted to the documentation and stewardship of materials related to the practices of early urban preservationists. Headquartered at Mana Contemporary Chicago, the archive’s holdings include collections of architectural salvage, photography, research documents, and realia with ties to the First Chicago School of architecture. The contents of these collections will be made available for use by independent researchers, artists, and members of the public. For the duration of 2018, as CAPA assembles a comprehensive working catalog, we will be engaging in strategic partnerships with various cultural organization throughout Chicago and the Midwest region, to produce programming, events, and exhibitions.