Upcoming lectures around the city

LunchTalks@CAF: Their Final Place: A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects

While giants in the field of American architecture have left their important works across the breadth of America, little attention has been paid to where and how these architects have been laid to rest. In this quest, previously unknown and important information has been uncovered on over 200 of the country’s greatest architects. Henry Kuehn will share insights on this topic and sign copies of his new book, Their Final Place, A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects.

TIME: 12:15 – 1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware

Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)

The comics of Chicago artist Chris Ware are widely regarded as some of the most important works in the history of the artform. Ware is known for his distinct visual language engineered specifically for the way the human mind sequentially processes pictures into an easily understood narrative. His meticulously constructed comics depict the adverse lives of his characters often set amid a backdrop of Midwestern urban architectural design from the last century. Many of the buildings Ware employs in his artwork are revered Chicago architectural spaces that no longer exist and share a quality of hardship and unfortunate circumstance with the characters that dwell within. His depictions return life and emotional energy to these lost buildings, transforming them from setting to the subject.

This exhibition draws from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ rich archive of architectural photographs, ephemera, drawings, and artifacts that Ware has looked to for inspiration and source material, alongside drawings from Ware’s comic stories, fromJimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, a passage of which takes place during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, through his latest work, Building Stories, which tells the story of a young woman renting a room in a quintessential brownstone in a rapidly gentrifying west-side Chicago neighborhood.

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