• The Night Gallery: Wonderland, Exhibition Series 2020
    The Night Gallery, Chicago
    Aug 07, 2020 to Oct 31, 2020
    Future Firm:
    Ann Lui &
    Craig Reschke

Carl Lostritto x The Night Gallery, Exhibition of "When the Drawing is Moving," 2017, Chicago. Courtesy of Future Firm.

Founded in 2017, The Night Gallery is a nocturnal exhibition space in Bridgeport, Chicago. Open from sunset to sunrise, The Night Gallery features film and video works by architects, designers, and artists. Situated in storefront windows, The Night Gallery engages the public sidewalk, transforming the street into a viewing and exhibition space. The Night Gallery focuses on experimentation with “live drawings,” a medium which explores contemporary conditions of accelerated media and matter. Debuting in August 2020 and on view through October, The Night Gallery presents works in three locations across Chicago’s South and West sides on the topic of Wonderland. Featured works reimagine existing environments through the lens of the wondrous, weird, and divine. The Night Gallery presents its 2020 exhibition program in partnership with Principle Barbers (North Lawndale) and The Silver Room (Hyde Park), and other Chicagoland small businesses that also serve as creative event spaces by night.

Ann Lui is an architect and cofounding principal of Future Firm. She is assistant professor of practice at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on spaces of collectivity and belonging. Lui was cocurator of the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 titled Dimensions of Citizenship. She coedited, with Gediminas Urbonas and Lucas Freeman, Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT/SA+P Press, 2015) on aesthetic and spatial practices in the civic realm. Previously, she practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis Architects. She holds an SMArchS in history, theory, and criticism of architecture and art from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in architecture from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal.

Craig Reschke is an architect and cofounding principal of Future Firm. He is a teaching assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before founding Future Firm, Reschke was a project architect at SOM and RODE Architects, where he led the design of buildings at many scales in the US and abroad. His research explores “fast matter” in rural landscapes, focusing on precision agriculture technologies as a tool for hacking the federal Conservation Reserve Program. This work was awarded Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Penny White Project Fund and was recently published in Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture (Routledge, 2018). He holds a MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with the Jacob Weidenmann Prize.