The City Lost & Found Wins SAH Exhibition Catalogue Award

Announced April 26, 2016

The Society of Architectural Historians has awarded the 2016 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award to Katherine A. Bussard, Alison Fisher, and Greg Foster-Rice for The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980.


As architectural history exhibitions are able to address historical and critical questions in special ways, through the presentation of both documentation and artifacts to a diversified audience, so their catalogues have become distinctive vehicles for the expression of scholarship in architectural history. They remain as the substantial and enduring contribution after the life of the exhibition is spent. In order, therefore, to recognize and encourage excellence in this form of scholarship and publication, the Society of Architectural Historians established its annual Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award.


American cities underwent seismic transformations in the 1960s and '70s, from shifting demographics and political protests to reshaping through highways and urban renewal. Amid this climate of upheaval, photographers, architects, activists, performance artists, and filmmakers turned conditions of crisis into sites for civic discourse and artistic expression. The City Lost and Found explores photographic and cinematic responses to the changing fabric of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles that contributed to a reconsideration of cities in popular media and urban policy during this period. This book raises timely questions about the role of art within the social, political, and physical landscape of cities.

Featuring contributions from more than 20 noted scholars in fields including art history, urban planning, architecture, and cultural studies, this is the first publication to address an important shift in photographic, cinematic, and planning practices based on close observations of streets, neighborhoods, and seminal events in the country’s three largest cities. Over 200 illustrations bring together works by major artists and newly rediscovered projects to complete this outstanding resource on the art and architectural production during these turbulent decades. 

Katherine A. Bussard is Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum. Alison Fisher is Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago. Greg Foster-Rice is associate professor of the history of photography, Columbia College Chicago.

The City Lost & Found exhibition was on view at The Art Institute of Chicago from October 26, 2014 through January 11, 2015 and the Princeton University Art Museum from February 21 thorugh June 7, 2015.

Revisit the proceedings of The City Lost & Found symposium City as Stage/Art as Plan co-organized by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities and the Princeton University Art Museum.
The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 is available for purchase in the Museum Store. To order your copy, please call: 609.258.1713.