Andres Hernandez chosen for major projects in 2017

HernandezFaculty member Andres Hernandez was chosen for several national and international projects in 2017. 

This past year, Hernandez was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Curie Metropolitan High School, as part of the MCA Chicago’s School Partnership for Art And Civic Engagement (SPACE) program. While there, Hernandez worked with teachers and students to explore ideas around school and community safety and youth empowerment. Together they asked: How do we (re)activate spaces in which we feel we have no power? How do we create spaces where young people can be their authentic selves? 

In February, Andres was selected as part of the interdisciplinary exhibition design team for the museum that will be part of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The exhibition design team will be led by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and will ultimately include several firms and individuals with expertise in media, lighting, and acoustics. 

Andres was one of several Chicago-based creative collaborators who will play important roles in the exhibition design process, including the firms Civic Projects LLC and Normal, and the artists and educators Amanda Williams and Norman Teague. Almost half of the exhibition design work for the OPC will be performed by minority- and woman-owned businesses.

Andres will also chosen along with Amanda Williams and several other artists to create the US Pavilion's primary exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Each of these new works commissioned for the US Pavilion will interrogate a different spatial condition of design and citizenship. Also on view and placed in dialogue with these contributions will be existing projects by other architects, artists, and practitioners of aligned disciplines.