The 2021 edition of Exhibit Columbus asks “What Is the Future of the Middle City?”

Exhibit Columbus: New Middles – From Main Street to Megalopolis, What is the Future of the Middle City?
Columbus, Indiana
Open through November 28, 2021

On the four-hour drive from Chicago to Columbus, Indiana, romance and romanticization were squarely on my mind. I had heard about the Columbus mythos, in which corporate generosity made the place into a modernist mecca of the Midwest. For an architect of Eero Saarinen’s standing, or his protégé Kevin Roche, Columbus presented itself as an incubator for experimentation. I tried not to buy into the fanfare; I put up my guard, because to romanticize a place is to ignore its adversities, its faults, its muddied histories.

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