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Exhibitions at I space focus on Japanese architecture, human existence


Botand Bognar image
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Photo courtesy B. Bognar
Kengo Kuma: Ando Hiroshige Museum, Bato-machi, 2000

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
Mary Antonakos, I space director

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two new exhibitions will be on view Sept. 5 through Oct. 4 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

• “A Life’s Work Introducing Japanese Architecture: Botond Bognar” includes 14 books by Bognar, the Edgar A. Tafel Chair in Architecture at Illinois. The exhibition also will introduce Bognar’s forthcoming book “Beyond the Bubble: The New Japanese Architecture” (London: Phaidon Press Ltd.), along with 41 color prints from his extensive collection of photographic images on Japan.

Among the material featured in the exhibition will be a selection of works by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who was a Distinguished Plym Professor at Illinois during the 2007-08 academic year. An exhibition of Kuma’s designs will be at I space Oct. 10 through Nov. 15.

• “Chicago Verge” presents the work of a diverse group of artists representing multiple generations, and working in a variety of mediums. While the artists have highly individualized styles and approaches, their visions coalesce in a shared effort to address issues related to human existence, and what it means to belong to a trans-cultural society.

Exhibiting artists are Marcin Berdyszak, Deborah Boardman, Clairie Wolf Krantz, Patrick Lichty, Emma MacCagg, Samia Mirza, Lorraine Peltz, Justin Swinburne, UBERMORGEN/Hans Bernhard, and Zafos Xagoraris. The exhibition curator is Gosia Koscielak.

An opening reception is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.