• Barbara Kasten: Architecture & Film (2015–2020)
    Stephanie Cristello
    Irena Haiduk, Humberto Moro, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Mimi Zeiger
    Skira, 2023
    Stephanie Cristello

Barbara Kasten, "Barbara Kasten/Chicago," 2018, installation view, S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago. Courtesy the artist

In 2015, the Graham Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, presented Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of the Chicago-based artist. The exhibition spanned her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Since the 1970s, Kasten (b. 1936) has developed her expansive photographic practice through the lens of sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Well-known within photographic and contemporary art discourse, the artist has recently begun to be reconsidered within the broader context of architectural theory. This book, Barbara Kasten: Architecture & Film (2015–2020), concretizes this legacy within the artist’s practice and ongoing investigations into how moving images and perception play within and through architectural forms. The publication includes texts by authors Stephanie Cristello (editor), Irena Haiduk, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Humberto Moro, and Mimi Zeiger.

Stephanie Cristello is a contemporary art critic, curator, and author based in Chicago. She was previously the senior editor US for ArtSlant (2012–18) and founding editor-in-chief of THE SEEN. Her writing has been published in ArtReview, BOMB Magazine, Elephant Magazine, Frieze, Mousse, OSMOS, and Portable Gray, in addition to numerous exhibition catalogues. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 with a liberal arts thesis from the Visual Critical Studies department. She served as the artistic director of EXPO CHICAGO (2013–20) and is currently the director/curator at Chicago Manual Style. In 2020–21, she was a curatorial advisor to the 2020 Busan Biennale (South Korea) as well as a guest curator at Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark) and the Malmö Art Museum (Sweden). She is the author of Theodora Allen: Saturnine (Motto / Kunsthal Aarhus, 2021) and the forthcoming book on artist Barbara Kasten.