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  • Regions in Cities Book Series Call for Proposals

    Dates: 11 Mar, 2014
    The Regions and Cities Book Series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.
  • CFP: Spaces and Flows: Fifth International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies (7-8 Nov 14)

    Bangkok | Dates: 07 Oct, 2014

    Bangkok, Thailand
    King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
    7-8 November 2014

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the International Advisory Board, we are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Spaces and Flows: Fifth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies and the Call for Submissions to the Spaces and Flows Journal.

    The 2014 Spaces and Flows Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 7-8 November, in collaboration with King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables, or colloquia are invited to the conference, addressing spaces and flows through one of the following themes:

    Theme 1: Urban and ExtraUrban Spaces
    Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects
    Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows
    Theme 4: Chaos and Creativity in Global Space

    Presenters also have the option to submit completed papers to the fully peer-reviewed journal, Spaces and Flow: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal.

    Proposals are reviewed on rolling deadlines. The final submission deadline for in-person presentations is 7 October 2014 (title and short abstract). Proposals submitted after this day will be accommodated in non-themed sessions at the conference or are eligible for community membership registrations (no attendance at conference required with community membership presentations).

    For more information and to submit a proposal visit: www.SpacesandFlows.com/Bangkok-2014

    Enquiries: conferencedirector@commongroundpublishing.com
    Web address: http://SpacesandFlows.com/Bangkok-2014
    Sponsored by: Spaces and Flows knowledge community / Common Ground Publishing 
  • Conference: Italy in China (Rome, 25 Mar 14)

    Rome | Dates: 25 Mar, 2014

    Conference:  Italy in China (Rome, 25 Mar 14)

    Rome, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, March 25, 2014

    Italy in China. The Western Buildings in the Old Summer Palace Yuanmingyuan in Beijing International Workshop

    Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome

    The Beijing Tsinghua Institute for Digitization THID (Tsinghua University Beijing) and the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome are conducting collaborative research devoted to the now ruinous Western Buildings that are part of the Old Summer Palace Yuanmingyuan in Beijing, and which were planned and erected around 1750 by Italian/French Jesuits and Chinese architects and craftsmen. The aim of the project is to comprehensively investigate and understand the Western Buildings and to analytically visualise them in virtual 3D-models. The project examines the Sino-Western experience in the planning and construction processes with the mutual exchange of techniques and methods, concepts and models, and explores the interaction between Chinese and Western conceptions of architecture, gardens, fountains, construction and hydraulic technologies. The workshop aims to present this collaboration project to a wider audience and to give a report on the current state of the work in progress.

    Scientific Concept:Yin Lina, Alexandra Harrer, Hermann Schlimme

    Secretary: Ornella Rodengo, rodengo@biblhertz.it, 0039-06-69993-222

  • HABS/HAER/HALS Summer Employment Opportunity for Students

    Washington | Dates: 12 – 28 Mar, 2014
    The Heritage Documentation Programs seeks applications from qualified students for 2014 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings, and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June. View the job announcements and learn other important application details on our website at http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm Applications Due: 28 March 2014 (extended)
  • CFP: The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design (SECAC, Sarasota FL, Oct 8-11, 2014

    Sarasota | Dates: 08 – 11 Oct, 2014
    Southeastern College Art Conference 2014 Sarasota, FL October 8-11, 2014 Session: The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design The story is familiar: modernism's post-World War I fascination with machines and technology -- in architecture, industrial design, the decorative arts, and fashion -- dissipated in the 1930s, replaced by a valorization of handicraft and a reemergence of the human subject. Where the machine aesthetic dominated design in the early 1920s, artists grew disenchanted with the signs of industry in the 1930s, focusing instead on the human subject, and crafting work to show the "hand" of the maker. But is this tale of a "return to the hand" universally true? Are there certain mediums or national traditions that trouble the story? This session solicits papers that examine the precarious dynamics of industry and the hand-made in the applied arts between the wars. We encourage a variety of perspectives within or beyond the powerhouse industrial economies of the West, and we hope, through the breadth of papers, to reassess the standard narrative of interwar design.
  • New Haven Modern

    New Haven | Dates: 07 Mar, 2014

    The New Haven Preservation Trust is proud to announce the launch of NewHavenModern, a celebration of the rich and diverse Modernist architecture in our city.

    This project represents the third phase of our multi-year survey and documentaton of Modernism in New Haven, begun in 2008. We invite you to explore the website and learn more about the large and small architectural treasures around us. Included is information about 124 examples of newly-surveyed Modernist architecture (constructed roughly between 1930 and 1980), as well as New Haven’s signature masterpieces.

    This project was made possible by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Pelli Clarke Pelli, and members of The New Haven Preservation Trust.

  • Seminar: Designing the Classical Interior

    Chicago | Dates: 12 – 13 Apr, 2014
    The Chicago-Midwest ICAA is proud to bring architect and historic preservationist James Collins to town for an intensive weekend seminar on the philosophy, elements and design principles of Classical Architecture, as properly applied to building interiors.
  • AASL Annual Conference

    Miami Beach | Dates: 10 – 12 Apr, 2014
    Association of Architecture School Librarians Annual Conference, held in conjunction with the ACSA Annual Meeting.
  • AIA Convention 2014

    Chicago | Dates: 26 – 28 Jun, 2014

    Introducing AIA Convention 2014, designed with you at the center of the experience.

    Connect with the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. All in one place at one time, in the heart of America’s architectural epicenter—Chicago.

    We’re inviting you to be a part of an experience that is designed with purpose. A reimagined AIA National Convention that presents a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage, and connect with one another.

    Intrigued? Here are seven reasons why you should attend. Join the community in Chicago June 26-28, 2014.

    1. Learn 
    It’s a great opportunity to satisfy your LU requirements. Topics go beyond the ordinary: “Designing Schools for Obesity Prevention.” “Increasing Your Firm’s Bottom Line by Adjusting for Shifting Demographics.” “Exploring Energy-Generating Affordable Housing.” We’re pretty confident the education offerings alone are reason enough to attend.

    Explore education tracks >

    2. Learn more 
    It’s not just the subject matter, it’s also the learning experience that makes convention education so valuable. Seminars are engaging and interactive, and presenters use cool technologies to bring their ideas to life in learning lounges and CE Theatres. It’s inspiring, and what you learn goes home with you, ready for action.

    Browse the full schedule >

    3. Solve technical issues
    Bring your questions—you’re highly likely to find an answer among the hundreds of professionals leading seminars and the experts managing nearly 800 displays at the AIA Expo 2014.

    Meet our speakers > and exhibitors >

    4. Get out in front
    Discover new building materials and technologies that will have a dramatic impact on your work. Experience firsthand new ideas and trends that will influence the lives of those for whom you’re designing.

    See what’s happening at AIA Expo >

    5. Promote you
    Take advantage of rare opportunities to interact with award-winning creatives, motivating business leaders, and innovative engineers. Interaction happens not only in seminars and events, but also on the expo floor, where the atmosphere is geared toward getting you information you can use.

    Maximize your time at convention >

    6. Collaborate and connect 
    The days of working in silos are over. Successful development projects require team players and tight integration. Gaining experience in collaboration and working with other disciplines raises your value in the workplace and the marketplace—and this is the place to make the essential connections.

    Make new connections at these events >

    7. Enjoy the diversity
    You’ll encounter new faces that reflect the changing profile of the architecture and design field. Check out programs centered on women in architecture or classes designed to help you start up a firm of your own.

    Register now >

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  • Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities: An Interdisciplinary Convening

    Cleveland | Dates: 05 – 07 Jun, 2014

    DATE: Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th, 2014
    LOCATION: Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
    HOSTED BY: Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs/Cleveland State University

    Click here for the Call for Presentations

    Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities. This is the first event to bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers from cities where entrenched population loss and economic decline present difficult challenges for the future of the urban built environment. Urban planners and policymakers understand that demolition is a very pressing reality and often argue that it is the best course of action, yet these cities retain astounding historic resources and significant heritage. At this crucial juncture, there are difficult questions about what role preservation can and should play in shaping the future of Legacy Cities, how to identify and leverage historic assets, what benefits and impediments exist in integrating preservation into community and economic development, and how we make decisions about what we save and what we destroy.

    This interdisciplinary convening will bring together preservationists, community developers, economic developers, urban planners, urban policymakers, urban designers, and others. It will be an opportunity to cross-collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions with the goals of launching a more integrated approach to planning for the future of Legacy Cities, bringing historic preservation into urban policymaking and crafting a 21st century preservation profession that is responsive to the needs and conditions of Legacy Cities. We invite policymakers, urban leaders, practitioners and scholars to participate in this three day convening, which will take place at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University from Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

  • Spotlight on Design: Reed Hilderbrand and the Legacy of Dan Kiley

    Washington | Dates: 23 Apr, 2014

    Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley’s (1912–2004) emphasis on formal geometry had a great influence over generations of practitioners, including Douglas ReedFASLA, and Gary HilderbrandFASLA. The duo, founding principals of Watertown, Massachusetts-based Reed Hilderbrand, the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Firm Award, discuss their current work in a presentation introduced by Charles A. BirnbaumFASLA, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (CLF). The Foundation organized the traveling exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, which will be open for attendees to view before the program. 

    1.5 LU (AIA) 
    $12 Museum, ASLA, and CLF Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Photo: The form of this landscape by Reed Hilderbrand for the Poetry Foundation derives from that building’s formal geometry. Find out how this award-winning design firm cites the modern landscapes of Dan Kiley as a major influence in their work. Photo by Millicent Harvey.

    Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West

    Palo Alto | Dates: 27 – 28 Mar, 2014

    For more than half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957) was one of America’s preeminent landscape architects who pioneered comprehensive planning and played a critical role in forming the nation’s county, state, and national parks. He wrote the key language that established the National Park Service, and for 30 years advised the Park Service on the management and conservation of water and scenic resources. In California, Olmsted helped established the California State Park system and East Bay Regional Park District, and recommended a 160,000-acre park and parkway network for the Los Angeles Region that still guides park advocates. In Colorado, his work resulted in Boulder’s city parks system and floodwater management, as well as Denver’s 40,000-acre mountain park system. Join the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the National Building Museum, and our partners as we explore Olmsted’s lasting influence on trends and issues specific to the American West, including park management, metropolitan growth, and the protection of the region’s unique environmental resources.

    The most comprehensive presentation to date of the full scope of Olmsted’s legacy, the symposium will discuss the continued relevance of, and inspirations from, his visionary work as we seek to address contemporary challenges in landscape architecture, regional planning, and natural resource conservation. 

    8.0 LU HSW (AIA) | 8.0 CM (AICP) | 8.0 LA CES (ASLA)

    Please note that this symposium takes place at the Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94305, on the campus of Stanford University.

     Bios for confirmed speakers are added here as we receive them. Read the current symposium agenda. Driving directions and parking information for the symposium can be found here and here.

    Day-long tours of Stanford's Campus and the East Bay Regional Park District are available on Friday, March 28th. Read about both tours here, and purchase your tickets on the next page.

    Extended! Early Bird Registration through March 13, 2014:

    $129 Museum, NAOP, ASLA, and other partner Members; $109 Students (full time, with valid ID); $169 Non-members – includes Symposium registration, CEUs, lunch and breaks.

    Registration beginning March 14, 2014:

    $159 Museum, NAOP, ASLA Members, and other partner Members; $139 Students (full time, with valid ID); $199 Non-members – includes Symposium registration, CEUs, lunch and breaks.

    Online registration closes on March 23, 2014.

    Symposium ticket price includes box lunch, snacks, and beverages. You can select a standard or vegan-option boxed lunch on the next page. 

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  

    Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

  • Smart Growth: The Next Phase of D.C.'s SW Ecodistrict

    Washington | Dates: 20 Mar, 2014

    The Ecodistrict concept has demonstrated that planning at a district scale, beyond individual sites and buildings, can transform a community’s identity and improve a city’s environment and economy. Diane Sullivan, senior planner, National Capital Planning Commission, and Otto Condon, urban design principal, ZGF Architects LLP, discuss the next phase of implementing the SW Ecodistrict vision focusing on the district-water system and the proposed concept for connecting the National Mall to the waterfront via 10th Street and Banneker Park.

    1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

    FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Smart Growth is generously supported by the National Association of Realtors, and presented in association with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additional support is provided by Smart Growth America.

    Photo: Rendering of 10th St SW green infrastructure. Image courtesy of National Capital Planning Commission.

    Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert

    Washington | Dates: 24 Mar, 2014

    The story of an unprecedented artistic quest, this film documents the life of philosopher, urban theorist, and architect Paolo Soleri, who dreamed of creating an environment in harmony with people. Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum, introduces the film.
    1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    Presented as part of the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. For more information, visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org.

    $10 Members; $10 Students; $12 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Date: Monday, March 24, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: The Human Scale

    Washington | Dates: 19 Mar, 2014

    50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.  Thinkers, architects and urban planners are interviewed, discussing our assumptions about modernity and exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our urban planning. 1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    Presented as part of the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. For more information, visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org.

    $10 Members; $10 Students; $12 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Designing for Disaster

    Washington | Dates: 11 May, 2014

    Opening May 11, 2014

    Natural disasters can impact any of us, anywhere, at any time. In 2012, the financial toll in the United States alone exceeded $100 billion, and the loss of life and emotional toll is immeasurable. No region of the country is immune—112 events in 32 states were declared natural disasters in the U.S. during 2012. 

    The National Building Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Designing for Disaster, will examine how we assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

    Two primary questions will help guide the Museum’s approach:

    • Where should we build?
    • How should we build?

    Through unique objects, captivating graphics, and multimedia—including video testimonials—the exhibition will explore new solutions for, and historical responses to, a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surge, flooding, seal level rise, tsunamis, and wildfires.

    Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight the tools and strategies that today’s planners, engineers, designers, emergency managers, scientists, environmentalists, and various business and community leaders are investigating and adopting to build safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

    Because of the importance of housing the exhibition will feature exemplary disaster-resistant residential design. In addition, the exhibition will also highlight a variety of other building or facilities: hospitals, schools, airports, public arenas/stadiums, fire/police stations, public transportation networks/systems, commercial buildings, and retail outlets. The selected structures will be geographically dispersed throughout the country and will have been designed to address at least one hazard in an exemplary way. 

    By showcasing innovative research, cutting-edge materials and technologies, and new thinking about how to work with natural systems and the environment, the exhibition will present a range of viable responses that are functional, pragmatic, and beautiful. 

    The exhibition will be complemented by vigorous education programming and online content.

    Check out the Designing for Disaster blog, Mitigation Nation.

  • Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

    Washington | Dates: 08 Mar, 2014 – 25 May, 2015

    What do a designer doll house and a sheet metal bending brake have in common? These and many other extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum's collection illustrate the varied ways we can learn from architecture and design. These physical pieces of the world we design and build—from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it—inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.

    Cool & Collected features a wide range of recent additions to the Museum's extensive collection. In addition to the dollhouse and bending brake, we're displaying a complete salesman's kit from the Underground Homes company. In the 1960s and 70s, Jay Swayze tried to convince Americans to invest in their luxury dugouts, arguing that the Cold War and other security threats warranted the move. The kit includes photographs of the few underground homes that were indeed built, as well as suggested floor plans.

    The exhibition also includes pieces of decorative terra cotta—a lightweight, fireproof building material—from several important buildings in Chicago and New York City, including the Audubon Ballroom where Malcom X was killed in 1965 and the Helen Hayes, an old-time Broadway theater that was demolished in 1982 to make room for a luxury hotel.

    An in-depth look at the work of local sculptor Raymond Kaskey rounds out the show. Kaskey is most famous for his work  in Washington, D.C. at the World War II Memorial, where he sculpted, among other pieces, 24 panels illustrating the history of the conflict both abroad and on the home front. His work across the country also includes the Portlandia statue in Oregon, a pediment for the Nashville Symphony hall, and the figure of Queen Charlotte who welcomes visitors to an airport in North Carolina. Maquettes, or scale models, of all of these projects, along with pieces that explain the sculptor’s artistic process such as drawings and molds, are also displayed.

    The National Building Museum collects all sorts of things you might not expect. Materials in storage include approximately 75,000 photographic images, 68,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents and 4,500 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments, and building toys. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects. Learn more about the National Building Museum's collections.

  • Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance

    Austin | Dates: 23 Feb – 18 May, 2014

    Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance, on view at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin February 23 – May 18, 2014, presents an innovative union of art, dance and technology within a museum setting. Making its debut at the Blanton, the site- specific video installation combines the groundbreaking choreography of dance pioneer Deborah Hay with new software technologies created to study and inform movement and dance. The resulting artwork—four suspended translucent screens on which multiple versions of a single dance are projected—offers visitors an opportunity to observe how their individual perceptions of the dancers’ performances, the setting, and their own choices as viewers provide insight into the art of choreography.

    Hay has likened the experience of looking at contemporary dance to that of regarding contemporary art, as both can be challenging to new audiences. With this in mind, Hay approached the Blanton about the possibility of creating a project that would provide museum visitors with a dynamic new point of entry for engaging with both disciplines. This resulting collaboration builds upon the Blanton’s history of experimenting in the galleries with multidisciplinary programming like its critically acclaimed SoundSpace series; here Hay brings together a cadre of cross- disciplinary talent, which includes dancers and a choreographer, software developers, a composer, an architect/videographer, a filmmaker, and multi-media experts, along with the museum’s own creative staff.

    “We are very pleased to collaborate with Deborah Hay on such an important new project,” says Blanton Director Simone Wicha, “This interactive and engaging presentation responds to the most exciting new models in museum programming and furthers our goal of providing innovative and surprising experiences for our visitors. The project’s collaborative spirit also beautifully aligns with a concurrent exhibition of works by Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, both contemporaries of Hay, and pioneering innovators in their own right.”

    The genesis of Perception Unfolds was a three-year collaboration between Deborah Hay and Motion Bank, an experimental technology research project run by the German-based The Forsythe Company, which was founded by American choreographer William Forsythe. Hay worked with Motion Bank’s team of digital engineers, alongside filmmaker Anna Berger and dancers Ros Warby, Jeanine Durning, and Juliette Mapp, to enact multiple performances of one of Hay’s solos,No Time To Fly. Through the process, all participants gained new perspective on the work’s notation and presentation and on the nature of collaboration itself. Hay also discovered the inspiration for a new kind of work, one that could utilize multiple versions of a filmed dance to engage viewers more deeply with her choreography.

    Further fueling Hay’s interest in new technologies, interactive software developer Eric Gould Bear (Austin) and artist/videographer Rachel Strickland (San Francisco) approached Hay with a new app they had developed that allows users to experiment with roving perspective, engaging spatial memory, and navigating and orienting oneself among multiple video streams. In the resulting creative collaboration at the Blanton, visitors choose how to frame the dance by actively varying their own perspectives on it. As they move in and around the installation, beckoned by its sights and sounds, they perceive overlapping images, gestures that seem to respond to one another, and the effective dematerialization of the boundaries between dancer and viewer.

    Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Blanton curator at large and curator of the exhibition, remarks, “Hay’s choreography is radical for the ways in which it makes visible the perceptual process, the infinite incremental realizations of movement and response the dancer makes while addressing the choreographer’s enigmatic directions. Never performed the same way twice, Hay’s works are unique and unexpected, at their very best a revelation of our most complex human intelligences. In this new project, designed specifically for an art museum, the audience is invited to gain a much more direct understanding of the dance as they choose how to approach it, both literally and figuratively; its immersive experience up-ends all traditional “viewing” methods. We are delighted to bring this examination of perception by one of its leading artistic practitioners into the art museum, and how appropriate it is that we can offer this important contemporary thinker a prominent site for an experimental new work of art.”

    Deborah Hay, the Blanton, and the Perception Unfolds project is the subject of an upcoming episode of the Emmy Award-winning series, Arts in Context on PBS. Look for it in winter 2014.

    This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.

    Funding for the exhibition is provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, Judy and Charles Tate, and the Berman Family Foundation, with additional gifts from Dan Bullock, Chris and Jim Cowden, Will Dibrell, Fluent~Collaborative, Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach, Sue Graze, Richard Hartgrove and Gary Cooper, Margaret Keys, Emily Little, Fran Magee, and Sherry Smith.

  • Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

    Austin | Dates: 23 Feb – 18 May, 2014

    Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, on view at the Blanton Museum of Art February 23–May 18, 2014, celebrates the close friendship between two of the most significant American artists of the post-war era: Eva Hesse (1936–1970) and Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). Organized by Veronica Roberts, the Blanton’s curator of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, including many that have not been publicly exhibited for decades.

    This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Major funding for the exhibition is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

    Upcoming Programs related to Converging Lines

    March 20: Kirsten Swenson, assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, discusses Sol LeWitt's work.

    March 22: Writer, art critic, and activist Lucy Lippard speaks about her experiences with Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt living in New York in the 1960s, and responds to their work.

    April 12: Pulitzer-Prize winning Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee discusses friendships between prominent artists, the subject of his forthcoming book.

    April 27: SoundSpace creates visual and sonic experiences in performances throughout the Blanton. In conjunction with the exhibition Converging Lines, Downtown NYC 1960 features dynamic experimental works by composers based in lower Manhattan in the 1960s, such as Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, as well as more recent compositions inspired by this movement.

  • Jan Tichy: aroundcenter

    Chicago | Dates: 01 Feb – 04 May, 2014

    aroundcenter is a site-specific exhibition composed of nine installations, each of which stands on its own, yet at the same time relate, deriving from and leading to the others. Through this exhibition, Tichy will lead visitors to a more integrated experience of the Chicago Cultural Center, including access to unrevealed areas and resources of the building. Using light as his primary expressive tool – through a variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and video projection – Tichy illuminates and makes accessible the history and current mission of the landmark building.

    Upon entering the Randolph St. side of the building, a neon sculpture created by the artist, installed and encased between the doors, will lure visitors to the building and once inside, the building’s history comes alive with an installation of artifacts from the Chicago Cultural Center storage.

    Other installations include History of Painting, which features 6,000 color slides covering three massive windows on the building’s fifth floor on the Washington St. side creating a color spectrum, and Vault, a video display from inside a secret vault within the executive offices of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

    Join us for a series of films that explore the narrative and aesthetic themes of the exhibition on Sunday afternoons.

    The Labyrinth of Color & Light   March 16, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
    Explore films and videos from various filmmakers curated with Tichy’s light installations in mind. Treat your eyes and ears to works that explore the aesthetic elements of light and color, including the last film from László Moholy-Nagy and his students at Institute of Design.

    Chicago Documentaries   April 27, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
    After visiting the Chicago Rooms to see Changing Chicago 2014 curated by Tichy, come to witness the changing cityscape of Chicago and the landmark buildings with various documentaries such as Moving Picturescreated for CITY 2000.

    Performances and Tours

    The exhibition encourages guests to view, navigate, and experience the Chicago Cultural Center in new ways. Spoken word performances highlight the words, language, and knowledge that are imbedded in the building, from its history as a library, to the language incorporated as architectural details.

    2nd Story “Around the Way”
    March 17, 6-8pm – Randolph Square
    Join 2nd Story’s Bobby Biedrzycki, Nic Kay and L’Oreal Patrice Jackson as they lead a collaborative team of established Chicago spoken word poets in the performance of seven poems inspired by Jan Tichy’s installations.

    Flashlight Tour* Sign Up
    April 8, 11pm – Randolph Square
    City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will lead a nighttime flashlight tour of the Chicago Cultural Center. Come explore Jan Tichy’s exhibition as Tim offers insight into the mysterious history of the building.

    Young Chicago Authors, Remix the Chicago Cultural Center
    April 19, 11:30am-12:30pm – Randolph Square
    Young Chicago Authors (YCA) poets will Remix the Chicago Cultural Center using found text in the architecture of the building as a construction site for new poems about the current and future state of Chicago culture. This New Chicago Cultural Center Remix project is facilitated by poet and Artistic Director Kevin Coval and YCA teaching artist and poet Jamila Woods.


    Light Workshop* Sign Up
    March 8, 1-3pm – Chicago Rooms
    Come explore the behavior of light, the phenomenon that makes our visual life possible. By building kaleidoscopes and camera obscuras, participants in this optical workshop will experiment with the reflective and projective properties of light, its color spectrum, and the images it enables. Have fun navigating the Chicago Cultural Center and Jan Tichy’s aroundcenter exhibition with an optical keepsake.

    Build Your Own Chicago Workshop* Sign Up
    April 5, 2-4pm – Chicago Rooms
    As part of Matt Bergstrom’s paper model series of prominent Chicago buildings, Tichy and Bergstrom will inaugurate the Chicago Cultural Center into the paper pantheon. Participants in this workshop will cut and fold their own model Chicago Cultural Center and other Chicago landmarks, gaining an intimate appreciation of their architecture.

    * Sign up for these events at: aroundcenter.org/program.html

    Some public programming was designed and developed by students in the Arts Administration and Policy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the artist.

    Some areas of the Chicago Cultural Center may be unavailable to the public due to private events.

    February 1-April 27 2014

    Gallery Talks: Thursday, March 6 @ 12:15 pm & Tuesday, April 8 @ 5pm

    Chicago Cultural Center Hours:
    Chicago Cultural Center 
    Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
    Friday, 9 am–6 pm
    Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
    Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Chicago Room Hours: 
    Monday–Thursday, 10 am–7 pm 
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor + Building-wide
    78 E. Washington St.
    Chicago, IL 60602


    For more information, visit aroundcenter.org