Pedagogy: The Excavating History Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago > Excavating History 2009

In the spring of 2009, to celebrate the centennial of Daniel Burnham's great plan for the city of Chicago, we 'excavated' various sites within the loop, as well as the rhetoric of history itself. The collective took up residence at the Cultural Center of Chicago, did performances, created a blog, held an open house and exhibition complete with Chicago foods. Another exhibition was held at the Sullivan center, a gallery in Louis Sullivan's famed "Carson Pirie Scott" Building.

During our month-long residence at the Cultural center, we kept the studio open as we worked, welcoming people in, engaging passers by with trivia questions on a large chalkboard, and a public information/ dialogic piece on the history of the Chicago River. At the conclusion of the month we held an open studio/exhibition.