Join us for a lecture and signing for recent book Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs with author Susan Snodgrass at 7pm on Monday, December 16th.
Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs (1927-2016), whose populist, DIY designs created from the 1950s to the 1970s challenged conventional architectural concepts in housing, as well as mainstream definitions of modernism. His flexible, accessible plans provided alternative solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of midcentury modern life, while influencing subsequent generations of architects and designers interested in nomadic architecture, and DIY practices.
Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic and editor. Much of her writing is devoted to alternative models of critical practice and artmaking, whether exploring new genres of public art or contemporary art in former Eastern Europe. She is a 2018 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her blog, In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place, which explores art, architecture, and urbanism. She has written for both print and online publications for over thirty years, most notably for Art in America where she was a corresponding editor, and ARTMargins Online, devoted to contemporary on the global margins, for which she is coeditor. She has contributed articles to numerous other periodicals, including most recently Textile: Cloth and Culture and THE SEEN. Her current curatorial projects focus on the architecture of Ken Isaacs.
Published in Chicago, IL by Half Letter Press, 2019, with partial support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Copies will be available for sale at the event!