MAS Context Fall Talks 2020
Tracing / Traces: Architecture and the Archive 2020


On Saturday, October 24, 2020, MAS Context organized the fourth edition with the current format of our Tracing / Traces event when readers had the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at selected items from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives located at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Five Chicago-based architects and designers selected items of the collection and discussed them in relationship to their practice, the discipline, and/or society. Nathaniel Parks, Director of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives, provided some background on the same items.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year the program took place online.


This year’s participants included:

Monica ChadhaCivic Projects
Peter ExleyArchitecture Is Fun
Andres L HernandezArtist / Designer / Educator
Jayne KelleyEditor / Writer
Francesco MarulloArchitect / Educator


The Ryerson & Burnham Archives’ collections are notably strong in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American architecture, with particular depth in midwestern architecture. Architects such as Edward Bennett, Daniel Burnham, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright are represented in a broad range of papers. Major architectural events, such as the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, The Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933–1934 in Chicago, and the World’s Fair of 1939 in New York, are also represented in an individual archive.


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Mount Prospect Park District, Lions Memorial Park, Bathhouse and Youth Room, Mount Prospect, Edward Dart, c. 1956. © Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.


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