G.E. Kidder Smith Photographer: Discovering Italy

Monday, May 23 – Jul 8, 2022

500 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 1450, Chicago, IL 60611

G.E. Kidder Smith Photographer is a multi-site exhibition curated by Angelo Maggi and Michelangelo Sabatino. In conjunction with the publication of G.E. Kidder Smith Builds: The Travel of Architectural Photography, three exhibitions examine his photographic legacy.


At Home in America

May 23 - July 31, 2022

Barnsworth Gallery, The Edith Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois 


Building Books

May 23 - July 8, 2022

IIT College of Architecture, Graham Resource Center (lower level S.R. Crown Hall)


Discovering Italy

May 23 - July 8, 2022

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago


Discovering Italy presents a selection of photographs by Kidder Smith of Italian architecture, both historical and modern. While Italy Builds. Its Modern Architecture and Native Inheritance (1955) was published in English and Italian translation, The Magnificence of Italy (1957–61) unfortunately remained unpublished. Kidder Smith examined Italian cities and architecture through the eyes of a modern architect and created a transatlantic dialogue aimed at educating Americans about the challenges and opportunities of critically coexisting with the past.


Visit by appointment only, Wednesday through Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm CT. Bookings at events.iicchicago@gmail.com