Yesomi Umolu appointed Artistic Director of 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial
March 6, 2018
The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announced the appointment of Yesomi Umolu, the Curator of Logan Center Exhibitions and Lecturer in the Departments of Art History and Visual Arts, as the artistic director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Umolu’s teaching in the department and her recent projects—including the exhibitions Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts, The Land Grant: Forest Law, and The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal—have explored the politics of the built environment.
“I am honored to be invited to serve as Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial,” said Umolu. “Having my roots in the field of architecture, spatial questions have always been an important consideration of my work with contemporary artists, architects, and urbanists from across the world. I am excited to embark on the journey of engaging the city of Chicago and it publics, as well as visitors to Chicago from across the country and around the world, in these conversations.” Umolu’s vision for the next Chicago Architecture Biennial features the exploration of emerging practices and global locations that are developing new approaches to architecture, urbanism, and spatial practice. Through this process, she will use the Biennial as a forum to explore creative responses to shifting spatial conditions at local, regional, and international levels.