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Water | Sept 24, 2023 – Feb 3, 2024

Exhibition, Performance, Talk

Chicago par ses rivières / Chicago by its rivers by Jennifer Buyck

6018 North Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL, 60660

September 24, 2023 - February 3, 2024


Water is a partner program of the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial. This exhibition is a collaboration between artist/architect Jennifer Buyck, curator Tricia Van Eck, 6018|North, and the Villa Albertine.

Water is a partner program of the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial. This exhibition is a collaboration between 6018|North, and Villa Albertine; the works of two former residents will indeed be on view: Jennifer Buyck and Pierre-Alexandre Savriacouty. Water is ongoing research in sustainable strategies for a 2024 exhibition as a part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art investigating and elevating Chicago’s rich visual art and design histories and creative communities.

Water is presented throughout 6018North, with each floor housing four thematic sections:

  • “Now” depicts the present conditions of the Chicago River and Mississippi River.
  • “Then” offers archives and historical documents of Chicago’s waterways.
  • “We the People – What Have We Done?” explores the anthropogenic effects on water.
  • “Imagination” contend with the dueling view of water as harsh reality (a reflection of climate insecurity) vs. abstract metaphor of possibility (of fluidity and adaptability).

The exhibition features work by Rebecca Beachy, Jennifer Buyck, Eugenia Cheng, David Freid, Virginia Hanusik, Candace Hunter, Anna Johnson, Roland Knowlden, JeeYeun Lee, Jin Lee, Meredith Leich, Pierre-Alexandre Savriacouty, Tria Smith, and Ines Sommer.

Exhibition Open Hours Saturdays, September 30 to February 3 from 1-5 PM and by appointment.

Full program of events:

Sunday, September 17 at 5:30 PM on Lane Beach,  5915 North Sheridan Road: Water Music on the Beach: Persephone

Friday, September 22 at 7 PM at 6018|North : Chicago River at the Scale of the Anthropocene panel discussion with Jennifer Buyck, Adam Flickinger, Ron Henderson, and Phil Nicodemus – Limited number of attendees, click here

Sunday, September 24 at 5 PM at 6018|North : Exhibition Opening Reception  and Surface Tension, performance by Anna Johnson (at 7 PM)

Thursday, November 2 at 7 PM at 6018|North : Chicago Architecture Biennial Opening Weekend Reception and Water Organoids, performance by Baudouin Saintyves

In partnership with


Founded in May 2011, 6018|North is an artist-centered, sustainable, nonprofit platform and venue for innovative art and culture. Located at 6018 North Kenmore in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, 6018 North encourages artists to collaborate and reconfigure its intimate space. This intimacy allows artists and audiences to connect in transformative ways. At home and away in other non-traditional spaces, 6018North’s site-specific exhibitions and events include artists performing, creating installations, and directing communal engagement events.

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Université Gustave Eiffel

University created in 2020 based on an innovative model, bringing together for the first time in France the triptych university/schools/research organization, with the ambition of transforming life and cities.   

Fruit of a common history initiated over 20 years ago between a university (Upem), a research institute (Ifsttar), 3 engineering schools (ESIEE Paris, ENSG, EIVP) and an architecture school (École d’architecture de la ville & des territoires Paris-Est). By pooling many strengths in education and research, Université Gustave Eiffel create greater synergies and offer to different publics a richer range of skills.  

Université Gustave Eiffel supports the scientific ambition of the I-SITE FUTURE: to prepare for the transformation and sustainable adaptation of cities and regions. 


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Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences,  highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.


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