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In good company at Room for Books at the Chicago Biennial

Adjacent to the Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Chicago Cultural Centre is Mollet and Geiser’s reference room. In this calm white space, over 400 titles by and about Biennial participants are gathered, re-covered in white dust jackets which emphasise proportion rather than graphic appearance, and referenced in an extensive index.

The room also acts as a platform for discussion around the different topics represented within the Biennial. During the opening weekend, it hosted ‘On the Architecture of Books,’ a series of hourly conversations in which curators, photographers, artists, architects and publishers. Public programming will continue throughout the Biennial, with lectures, roundtables, interviews and presentations, which will themselves eventually be translated into printed matter.