Taubman College


Liberty Gallery

Tom Tjaarda: A Life in Design

September 5 – 28, 2014 - Liberty Gallery
September 25 event at Liberty to meet the designer
September 26 Tjaarda Lecture at A&A Auditorium

This exhibition is the work of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus, a retrospective on his life and career, some 60 years of automotive and industrial design, based in Torino, Italy. The show will consist of models, drawings, and photopanels and will include a 1971 Pantera automobile from a local collector.

Research on the City

October 11 – November 16, 2014 - Liberty Gallery

Friday, October 10 Presentations and opening at Liberty

Cynthia Berkshire (A.B.'83 LSA) and Alan Berkshire (B.S.'82) have generously supported the grant initiative and the exhibition.

In its third year, Research on the City is a competitive faculty research grant program, intended to foster interdisciplinary research on urban topics. Grants to fund a yearlong study were awarded to five research teams. Projects in this year's competition were required to focus on urban challenges or questions faced in Chicago. This exhibition demonstrates the findings of their research and suggests further avenues to explore.

The 2014-2015 "Research on the City" Faculty Research Grant projects awarded, with affiliated Taubman College and interdisciplinary faculty, are:

  • “The City of Our Youth”
    Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Andrew Holder, Kristen Hass.
  • “The Second City: Chicago's Funny Urbanism”
    John McMorrough, Julia McMorrough, Joe Rosa.
  • “Pop-Up Chicago”  
    Jennifer Harmon, Seth Ellis.
  • “Rules of the Road: Connecting Chicago to Underutilized Freeway Infrastructure Zones”
    Karl Daubmann, John Marshall, Cezanne Charles.
  • “Protean Prototypes: Developing Access-Enabling Infrastructures for Chicagoland”
    Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov, Dan McTavish, Sue Zielinski, Moira Zellner.


  • Marshall Brown
    Marshall Brown Projects, Inc.
    Assistant Professor and Director of the Program of Landscape Architecture, IIT, Chicago
  • Cathy Lang Ho
    Principal, CLH Office, New York
    Contributing Editor, Architect Magazine
  • Ana Miljacki
    Assistant Professor, MIT, Boston
    Co-Curator of the American Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

Detroit is no Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age  

December 4, 2014 – January 11, 2015 - Liberty Gallery

Friday, January 9, Panel discussion moderated by Robert Fishman at Liberty

Photographs of Detroit by Camilo Jose Vergara, a packaged exhibition organized by the artist. He is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. Vergara has been compared to Jacob Riis for his photographic documentation of American slums and decaying urban environments. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied the technique of “rephotography” to a series of American cities, photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes over time. Trained as a sociologist with a specialty in urbanism, Vergara turned to his systematic documentation at a moment of urban decay and he chose locales where that stress seemed highest: the housing projects of Chicago; the South Bronx; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit, among others.

Taubman College Gallery

Both/And: The Study of Details in Japanese Architecture

October 3 – November 2, 2014 - Taubman College Gallery

Thursday, October 2, lecture by Christopher Holzwart at 4:30 p.m. followed by the exhibition opening.

This exhibition is research funded by the Booth Fellowship for Christopher Holzwart (M.Arch’11) to study the evolution of architectural detail in Japan, evaluating its physical and symbolic interpretations as they metamorphose throughout the span of Japan’s architectural history and looking at the implications for contemporary architects.

Emergent Projects

November 19 – December 19, 2014 - Taubman College Gallery

Wednesday, November 19 Presentations and opening at Taubman College Gallery

The Emergent Project Student Grant is designed to foster student research and encourage collaboration beyond Taubman College. The goal is to recognize the outstanding efforts of Taubman students and provide financial backing for such projects.

Graduate Projects:

  • “HIghTech, Low Tech”  Eric Harman, John Larmor, Paul McBride, Luis Orozco, Shan Sutherland
  • “Animal House”  Simon Alexander-Adam, Tim Dudas, Noel Hernandez, Andy Lin, Eric Sheffield

Undergraduate Projects:

  • “Me, Myself, and My Garbage Disposal”  Tyler Suomala
  • “2D3D”  Evan Breutsch, Patricia Hazel, Alyssa Kargi, Caroline Shaper

Events are free and open to the public.

Taubman College Gallery, room 2106 Art and Architecture Building, hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Liberty Gallery, 305 W. Liberty St., hours: Thursday to Sunday, 3-7 pm