Published by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Distributed by the University of Chicago Press
Series editors: Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller
This series of four, 225-page illustrated books examines for the first time Chicago’s thinkers and makers that have defined the intellectual and creative life of this city. With nearly 30 chapters each, these volumes locate Chicago’s critical social thought and practices within a history of modern urban change and its commensurate societal issues as played out in the complexities of its communities. The inspirational starting point is Jane Addams; our mission is to recall movements and collectives in the 20th century; and the need in the fields of art, architecture, and design is to recognize Chicago’s present-day committed practitioners, offering a depth of geographic and historical context for the work they continue around social design, including education, housing, food, ecological urgencies, prison reform, and much more.
This publication series is made possible through grants from SAIC’s Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.