Exhibit Columbus—the annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community in Columbus, Indiana—will celebrate the opening of the 2019 Exhibition the weekend of August 23-24.
Following the successful 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, and the 2019 Design Presentations, the weekend events will celebrate the opening of Exhibit Columbus’ second exhibition, Good Design and the Community, that features 18 temporary architectural installations and projects by artists and graphic designers. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will transform downtown Columbus through December 1.
The Opening Weekend events bring together the esteemed group of exhibition participants to discuss their installations in the context of the unique design legacy of Columbus. Opening Weekend is also a celebration of the entire Columbus community that, for more than 75 years, has invested in the belief in the power that art, architecture, and design have to improve peoples’ lives and making cities better places to live. While the Exhibition Conversations will be free and open to the public, the Opening Party is a ticketed event.
As part of the weekend’s celebrations, Exhibit Columbus will host four curated conversations that will take place in two of the most iconic spaces of the city, and be free and open to the public:
Friday, August 23 in Eero Saarinen’s breathtaking North Christian Church and;
Saturday, August 24 in Eliel Saarinen’s groundbreaking First Christian Church.
These conversations will feature participants from the exhibition, including the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients, University Design Research Fellows, and Washington Street Civic Project Leaders; and each conversation will be moderated by Exhibit Columbus Curatorial Advisors: Sean Anderson, Museum of Modern Art; Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Mimi Zeiger, Critic and Curator; and Donna Sink, Rowland Design and Archinect.
The Exhibition Conversations provide a platform for participants to respond to their fellow designers and provide a better understanding of the intentions behind their projects, allowing attendees to learn more about the designers’ experiences responding to and working within Columbus’ unique design legacy.
The Opening Party has quickly become the most talked about celebration in Columbus, and one of the most significant gatherings of community leaders, artists, architects, designers from around the country. A ticket to the Opening Party provides an evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment in celebration of Exhibit Columbus as we toast the designers and supporters who made the 2019 Exhibition possible. Join hundreds of guests, including the exhibition participants, curatorial team, the Columbus community, and friends from near and far as we celebrate the opening of the 2019 Exhibition: Good Design and the Community.
The Opening Party will take place outdoors in Mill Race Park and feature a cocktail reception, dinner, and live entertainment by Chicago-based rhythmic quintet, Dos Santos.
Schedule of Events Friday 23 August
4:00 pm Exhibition Conversations at North Christian Church 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus, IN
Free and open to the public
4:15 – 5:15 pm Conversation 1: Heritage Interactions
Using Columbus’ design heritage as inspiration and context.
Moderated by Sean Anderson, Museum of Modern Art.
Jing Liu, SO – ILJ. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipient
Paola Aguirre, Borderless StudioWashington Street Civic Project Leader
Michael Bricker, People For Urban Progress Washington Street Civic Project Leader
Rick Valicenti, ThirstEnvironmental Design
Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago, Indiana University University Design Research Fellows
Viola Ago, Ohio State University, and Hans Tursack, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUniversity Design Research Fellows
5:25 – 6:25 pm Conversation 2: Future Forward
Engaging technology and new processes to create, communicate, and connect.
Moderated by Donna Sink, Rowland Design; Archinect.
Chris Woebken and Elliot P. Montgomery, Extrapolation Factory Washington Street Civic Project Leaders
Chris Battaglia, Ball State UniversityUniversity Design Research Fellow
Marshall Prado, University of Tennessee – Knoxville University Design Research Fellow
Sean Ahlquist, University of Michigan, University Design Research Fellow
Halsey Burgund, Hear/Here Mobile AppEnvironmental Design
Saturday 24 August
10:00 am Exhibition Conversations at First Christian Church
531 5th Street, Columbus, IN
Free and open to the public
Introduction of the 2018–19 High School Design Team
10:30 – 11:30 am Conversation 3: New Civilities
Creating new spaces for civic engagement and interpretation.
Moderated by Mimi Zeiger, Critic and Curator.
Gina Ford, Agency Landscape + Planning J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients
Bryony Roberts, Bryony Roberts Studio J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipient
Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung, LA-Más Washington Street Civic Project Leaders
Rosten Woo, Family Activity Guide Environmental Design
1:00 – 2:00 pm Conversation 4: Living Systems
Exploring the relationship between architecture, environment, and human
interaction. Moderated by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art.
Frida Escobedo Studio J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipient
Caitlin Taylor, MASS Design Group J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipient
Carlos Zedillo Velasco, PienZa Sostenible Washington Street Civic Project Leader
Sean Lally, University of Illinois – Chicago, and
Matthew Wizinsky, University of Cincinnati University Design Research Fellows