Public Program for David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material


From 7 June 2017 to 30 July 2017


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


The public program for the exhibition David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material offers of a series of events focused on the current state of architecture and its role in contemporary society.

Developed in conjunction with David Adjaye’s solo exhibition at Garage, the program invites visitors to have a closer look at the ideas and practice of one of the world’s leading architects and see the city we live in from a different angle.

The public program will begin with a conversation between David Adjaye and Garage’s chief curator Kate Fowle. Adjaye will talk about the ideas that inform his practice, the main aspects of his work, the role of architecture in the contemporary world, and the need to draw public attention to cultural heritage.

A series of lectures and discussions taking place throughout the summer will bring together a group of artists, photographers, migrants, and activists who are willing to share their views of Moscow to present an image of the city seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, who are often able to point out things that are invisible on the surface.

The architects of MARCH Architecture School will present the research project Asiapolis featured in the exhibition, and talk about and the questions the project has raised, using a specially created map of the world.

 A documentary on the life and activism of British sociologist Stuart Hall—one of the pioneers of British Cultural Studies and a leader of the New Left—will be screened at the open-air cinema on Garage Square.

The public program also includes family events. In workshops for children, and adults, participants will learn how to design a façade, draw architectural plans, build models of contained spaces and modular furniture—and work in a group to design a building of recycled materials.  

Visitors who come on tours of David Adjaye’s exhibition, will have a chance to learn about the key principles behind his architecture and the materials he works with, look into different stages of design development and make their own architect’s sketches in the exhibition space.

The inclusive program for the exhibition features tours for visitors with various disabilities: Russian Sign Language tours for the deaf and hard of hearing; a series of debate club meetings for blind and partially sighted visitors; and tours involving extra learning materials and visual aids for visitors with developmental disabilities.


Architect David Adjaye and Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zoë Ryan in discussion with Garage’s Chief Curator Kate Fowle

The architect and curators who have collaborated on David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material discuss the exhibition.

Wednesday, June 7
Garage Screen summer cinema