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  • Nairy Baghramian: French Curve / Slip of the Tongue

    Chicago | Dates: 14 May – 05 Oct, 2014

    The formal abstract work of Iranian-born, Berlin-based sculptor Nairy Baghramian (born 1971) draws on the legacy of post-minimal art to investigate the conventions and expectations that commonly surround public sculpture. This spring the Art Institute is pleased to present the debut of Baghramian’s French Curve (2014) and Slip of the Tongue (2014), site-specific works commissioned for the Bluhm Family Terrace.

    For Baghramian, the bodily experience of public sculpture is necessarily inflected by its surroundings. Recognizing that the spectacular view of Chicago’s skyline from the terrace is the most defining aspect of the space, she chose to emphasize the horizontal plane of the terrace floor. The artist said, “I did not want to compete with this impressive vertical backdrop; instead I wanted to offer a leisurely horizontal axis.” French Curvetakes its name from a traditional drawing tool, and indeed Baghramian thinks of the work as a simple, elegant line that has become a three-dimensional form.

    Approximately 55 feet long, the sculpture is composed of numerous handmade segments of cast aluminum. The scooped-out hollow spine, approximately knee height, on the interior side is, for the artist, analogous to the marrow of a bone. This intimate underside has a hand-sculpted, shiny finish while the outside of the sculpture is cast-aluminum matte.

    Complementing this serene work on the terrace is a group of seven works by Baghramian titled Slip of the Tongue. Displayed in the sculptural vitrines in the adjacent Terzo Piano space, these fragile, speculative forms made of epoxy resemble flaccid sacks. They seem to melt and collapse against the glass and resemble on a smaller scale what has been removed from French Curve. The separation of the inside from the outside encourages the public to consider the different purposes of the spaces in which these two related works are located and how they might cohere—all the while asserting qualities of contemplation and negotiation over spectacle.  

    This exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago with major funding from the Bluhm Family Endowment Fund, which supports exhibitions of modern and contemporary sculpture.

  • Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference

    San Diego | Dates: 18 – 20 Sep, 2014

    Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    La Jolla, CA

    The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

    In addition to accepting presentations through the submission and review process described above, the ANFA Conference will offer presentations from the following renowned professionals:

    • Tom Albright, PhD: ANFA president, Director of Salk’s Center for the Neurobiology of Vision and leader in study of the neural bases of visual perception.
    • Michael Arbib, PhD: Professor of Neuroscience and Computer Science, USC, and leader in computational and cognitive neuroscience.
    • David van der Leer, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute, NYC, and expert on design’s role in shaping the contemporary urban condition.
    • Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and architectural theorist. Author of The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses.
    • Greg Lynn: Professor, UCLA, Head, Greg Lynn FORMS, and internationally recognized leader in the use of organic forms for architecture and design.
    • Eduardo Macagno, PhD: ANFA past-president.  Professor and Founding Dean, UCSD Division of Biology and leader in study of brain development.
    • Peter Salk, MD: President, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation.
    • Terry Sejnowski, PhD: Director of Salk Computational Neurobiology Laboratory and leader in study of neuronal mechanisms of information processing.
  • 2014 Dwell on Design

    Los Angeles | Dates: 20 – 22 Jun, 2014

    Dwell on Design LA, now the largest design event in the U.S., returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. This unique 3-day event offers continuous content from over 200 top minds in design, dynamic exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, and unparalleled educational opportunities. With nearly 300,000 square feet to be transformed into worlds of inspiration and activity, from Dwell Outdoor to the Modern Family Pavilion to the Tech Zone, this year’s 30,000+ attendees will find themselves immersed in new ideas for modern living.

    Dwell is also thrilled to welcome the return of our industry partner, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who will host their National Leadership Conference at Dwell on Design. Thousands of designers from around the country are expected to attend again this year, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered through onstage programming and in breakout rooms. Friday, June 20, is trade day and will cater to designers, architects,  and construction professionals.

  • Offense and Dissent

    New York | Dates: 26 Jun – 03 Sep, 2014

    The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design presents Offense and Dissent An exhibition about Image, Conflict, and Belonging

    June 26 – September 3, 2014
    Opening reception: June 26, 6-8 pm
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
    Parsons The New School for Design

    June 5, 2014—Twenty-five years ago, a furor erupted at The New School when Sekou Sundiata, poet, performer and professor, stung by an image exhibited in the Parsons Galleries, scrawled his dissent across it in the form of an “X.” His mark inspired others, and soon there were over 40 signatures covering the image. Part of an exhibition of the work of Japanese designer Shin Matsunaga, the offending image was a minstrel show blackface figure, the long-time logo of a soft-drink company. It was 1989 amid the “culture wars” when representations of race, religion and homosexuality in artistic imagery were under attack by the religious right in an aggressive campaign against the National Endowment for the Arts.

    The responses at the university were complex. They ranged from celebrations of academic freedom and freedom of expression to questions of artistic censorship and defacement, from expressions of extreme distress and anger to reviews of procedures for exhibitions, contextual signage and disclaimers.

    This wasn’t the first time art and politics had met in a volatile conjuncture at The New School. each time, the controversy torqued the relationship between the identity born of the school’s founding ideals – “freedom of opinion, of teaching, of research, of publication,” as the first director, Alvin Johnson put it – and the experiences of its constitutively diverse community.

    This exhibition explores the ways in which offense has been given (and taken) and dissent expressed (and managed) through three incidents in the history of The New School: the 1951 and ’53 curtaining of the Orozco murals during the red scare years; the 1970 anti-war exhibition put up by Parsons students in lieu of a senior show, in solidarity with the National Student Strike in response to the Kent State shootings and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia; and the 1989 Matsunaga affair.

    Through memoranda, letters, posters, press coverage, catalogues, illustrations graphics and interviews, largely drawn from The New School Archives and Special Collections, as well as two original editorial illustrations produced for the exhibition, the exhibition traces the rapid-fire interchange of various perspectives and reactions in each instance. they demonstrate in real time the power of images both to inspire and to wound.

    “The New School has always been an experiment in education and community building,” said co-curators and New School professors Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore, “This history offers inspirational episodes as well as cautionary ones—it’s a more useful past than the myths we often perpetuate.”

    A participatory component draws this historical conversation into the present, through responses of The New School faculty, staff and students to art work from The New School Art Collection that hangs on its walls or the design of a space at the university that govern the rhythms of everyday life in the institution. Their observations unsettle the ways in which rights, place and belonging are understood in an educational context.

    “Given the current debates on trigger warnings in classrooms and campuses, the questions of rights, exclusion, claims and disavowals illuminated in this exhibition have renewed relevance,” said professor Radhika Subramaniam, director/chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and co-curator of this exhibition.

    Following last year’s exhibition at the SJDC, Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story, this is the second to explore the diversity of the university community, asking who we mean when we say “we.”

    Curators: Julia Foulkes, Mark Larrimore and Radhika Subramaniam.
    Research assistant: Laura Wing

    In collaboration with The New School Archives and Special Collections and The New School Art Collection.

  • CFP: ARLIS/NA 2015 Annual Conference (19-23 Mar 2015)

    Fort Worth | Dates: 09 – 13 Jun, 2014

    Visualize the new frontier.

    15 days remain to submit your

    provocative, innovative, and seductive

    proposal ideas that will reposition us in 2015 for the future.

    What evolving landscapes will we envision as we look beyond the horizon?

    The New York Times article: “Defending the Open Internet” by Jeff Sommer triggers dialog “as the “F.C.C. prepares to address ‘net neutrality.’”

    How will topics like this affect us?

    Consider the possibilities. Consider new presentation formats. Consider related ideas.

    Present in 2015.

    Give and gain knowledge.

    ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference Call for Proposals

    Submit paper and session proposals via the submission form

    Submit workshop proposals via the submission form

    Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 13, 2014.

  • Screening in Millennium Park - Jens Jensen the Living Green

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 Jun, 2014
    The Millennium Park 10 Year Anniversary celebration hosts the premiere screening of the award winning new documentary, "Jens Jensen the Living Green"
  • Modern Architecture in the West Village and Meatpacking District

    New York | Dates: 21 Jun, 2014

    AIA CES: 2LU | 2 HSW

    When: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 21

    Where: AIANY Tours   

    Discover lesser-known examples of Modern architecture and some stunning new buildings in the West Village and Meatpacking District. Included are buildings designed by Joseph Urban, Albert Ledner, Edgar Tafel, Paul Rudolph, Kohn Pedersen Fox, SHoP, SOM and others. 

    Meet at the Modern Architecture and Adaptive Re-Use in the West Village and Meatpacking District

    $20 for Members
    $30 for Non-Members
    Please Purchase a ticket HERE
    Tour is Limited to 15 (waiting list available)

    Organized by: AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

    Walk ups cannot be guaranteed a spot on tours – please use the sign up link above for waitlist if the tour is sold out

    AIANY Chapter, and AIANY’s Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

    This program is related to the exhibition Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view from June 12 through September 6, 2014.

  • Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

    Brooklyn | Dates: 05 – 22 Jun, 2014
    The Atlantic Yards Site presents a major opportunity to create a significant piece of architecture and urbanism at the center of several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Five architects will present their alternative proposals for the site. Each scheme will provide 4,278,000 square feet of housing and 156,000 square feet of retail space, equivalent to the master plan by Forest City Ratner. The designs will be presented in a GALLERY EXHIBIT from June 5 to 22, Tuesday through Sunday.

    Organized by: Atlantic Yards Alternatives


  • Frank Lyon: "It Merely Takes That Route"

    Brooklyn | Dates: 08 May – 20 Jun, 2014

    Frank Lyon: "It Merely Takes That Route"

    Thursday, May 8 - Friday, June 20, 2014 
    Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8th, 2014 6-8pm
    Artist Talk: Sunday, June 8th, 2014 12pm: A discussion on Peter Sloterdijk's Bubbles led by Frank Lyon

    Union Street Studio is pleased to present "It Merely Takes That Route" - a collection of new collages by Frank Lyon on view from Thursday May 1st through Friday, June 20th. An architect of subtle intention, Lyon works with the liminal content of found photography - the blurred backgrounds and smeary edges of glossy color that define neither the pictures' representational images nor their negative space. In his latest works, a culmination of nearly 5 years of dedicated paper cutting and collecting, Lyon's authorship emerges in the path of his scissor and finds his egress within irregular geometries. "It was a revelation to find a strategy of collaging that felt like I could cut something out that wasn't there," Lyon says. While each snip seems to create a self-governing line that establishes the body, the layout reveals a new compositional limit where the associative tension redefines it. Echoing the rhetoric of German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk regarding the shape of intimacy, Lyon's collages highlight the space that edges right up to the cut line - giving it weight and suggesting it was there all along.

    Frank Lyon (b. 1982, Prescott, AZ) is an artist and musician. This is his fourth exhibition of artworks.

    About USS: Union Street Studio, LLC is an architectural design firm founded by Erika Franke and Norman Cox located at 78 Union Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn, New York. Visitors are welcome to tour the studio Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm or by appointment.

    Organized by: Carol Nhan / Union Street Studio, LLC

    Price: Free

    For more information, please contact Carol Nhan at cnhan@unionstreetstudiollc.com or call 718-596-3040

    Event website: http://www.unionstreetstudiollc.com

  • Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect

    New York | Dates: 06 May – 01 Aug, 2014

    Ubu Gallery is pleased to present Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect, a debut exhibition devoted to this overlooked, yet highly influential, 20th Century modernist. Never-before-seen photographs, architectural drawings, letters, graphic design, and ephemera from Lonberg-Holm’s remarkably diverse career will be on view through August 1, 2014. The exhibition, which consists of selections from the extensive archive assembled by architectural historian Marc Dessauce, will solidify the importance of this emblematic figure in early 20th Century cultural and architectural history. Metropolis Magazine, the national publication of architecture and design, will publish an article on Knud Lonberg-Holm to coincide with this groundbreaking exhibition.

    Born in Denmark, Knud Lonberg-Holm (January 15, 1895–January 2, 1972), was an architect, photographer, author, designer, researcher, and teacher. Lonberg-Holm’s early work in Denmark and Germany initially associated him with the Berlin Constructivist and Dutch De Stijl groups. An émigré to America in 1923, Lonberg-Holm was a fundamental correspondent with prominent European architects and their modernist counterparts in the U.S. The exhibition will feature a selection of letters to Lonberg-Holm from a pantheon of the European avant-garde including László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, Theo Van Doesburg, Buckminster Fuller, Hannes Meyer, J.J.P. Oud, El Lissitzky, and Richard Neutra.

  • Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing Art Exhibition

    Greenwich | Dates: 03 May – 31 Aug, 2014

    This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading centers of art -- New York and Beijing -- and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years via email, Skype, in person, sometimes with translators, about issues ranging from political and social upheaval, the concept of global culture, and questions about materials and techniques. Some of the artists are creating new works for the exhibition including two site-specific works being created at the Museum, others are represented by existing or historic works.

    Click here for programs related to the exhibition.

    Click here for ongoing information in the Tales of Two Cities Exhibition and Artist Blog.

    The concept for this show grew out of an earlier collaboration curated by Pan Qing at Columbia University’s Studio X in Beijing in 2010 between New York-based artist Michelle Fornabai and Beijing-based artist Qin Feng, both of whom are featured in the present show.

    “Watching Michelle Fornabai and Qin Feng communicate silently through the brush helped to open my mind to the myriad possibilities of visual dialogues between artists from very different artistic backgrounds,” Qing explains. “After discussing this idea with the other curators and advisors of this exhibition — Michelle Y. Loh, John Rajchman and Sarah McNaughton — a decision was made to expand on this theme by seeking out more opportunities to pair artists from disparate cultures.”

    The curators matched the pairs based partly on the kind of work that they do and their artistic processes, but more importantly on the type of dialogue in which they suspected the artists might engage within the context of their respective urban environments. Many of the ten artists are themselves peripatetic, on the move between global art centers, not only New York and Beijing, but also in Latin America and Europe.

    Paired artists include:

    • Michelle Fornabai(NYC) and Qin Feng (Beijing)
    • Joan Snyder (NYC) and Wei Jia (Beijing)
    • Alois Kronschlaeger (NYC) and Lin Yan (Beijing)
    • Jorge Tacla (NYC) and Li Taihuan (Beijing)
    • Simon Lee (NYC) and Chen Shaoxiong (Beijing)

    Selected artworks illustrate parallels between the pairs’ work and themes that arose during their conversations. Some of the artists are represented by existing or historic artworks, some have created new pieces, and some have collaborated to create site-specific work. The works range from Joan Snyder’s My Pain Is No More Than Being’s Pain, which dates from 1983 and is in the Bruce Museum’s collection, to pieces created specifically for this exhibition.

    The exhibition is generously supported by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and a Committee of Honor.

  • Postcard Identities | Esoteric Landmarks

    New York | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 19

    Where: At The Center   

    In the age of social media and information, what are the iconic images of a city and the buildings that populate it? Does the propagation of architectural imagery, the collective image of a place, affect the conceptualization of a building and play a role in urban planning? What are the esoteric and the iconic landmarks of our times? How has the architectural travel journal evolved through the use of social media to record our findings, explorations, and experiences? Has the civic identity of a city, its planning, and its architecture evolved through a changing lens?

    Moderator :
    Joseph Giovannini, 
    New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates

    Matthias Hollwich, SBA, 
    Principal, HWKN, Co-founder of ARCHITIZER
    Kurt Kohlstedt, 
    Founder, WebUrbanist, blogger – http://weburbanist.com/about-weburbanist/
    Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School 
    Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group 

    Mr. Giovannini heads his own design practice and has written on architecture and design for three decades for such publications asThe New York TimesArchitectural RecordArt in AmericaArt Forum and Architecture Magazine. He has also served as the architecture critic for New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Published design projects have appeared in Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times MagazineThe New York TimesA + U, DomusHouse and GardenGA HousesArchitekur und Wohnen, Sites, and Interior Design. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Giovannini has taught advanced and graduate studios at Columbia University‘ s Graduate School of Architecture, UCLAs Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and at the University of Innsbruck. His projects have ranged from the adaptive reuse of a large trucking facility into lofts to house additions and apartment interiors. A graduate of Yale University, where he did his B.A. in English, he also holds a Master of Arts degree in French Language and Literature from La Sorbonne, Paris, Middlebury College Program.

    Matthias Hollwich is a registered European Architect and co-founder of HWKN. As Principal in Charge, Matthias leads the creative design process and oversees all design development firm wide. 
    Under his leadership, HWKN has grown from a 2-person firm to a high-design architectural office of 25. As an architectural visionary, the most iconic projects realized to-date include Wendy, the design that won the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2012, and the Fire Island Pines Pavilion - both of which received overwhelming responses from the communities and the media.
    Before cofounding HWKN, Matthias worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*The New York Times,BauweltDwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam.

    Kurt Kohlstedt is the founder and executive editor of WebUrbanist, a popular online publication covering both conceptual and realized urban art, architecture and design with over 65,000,000 visitors to date. Much of its content addresses the intersection of built environments and new technologies. After graduating from Carleton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Kurt worked in a variety of design-related fields – including graphic, industrial, architectural and theatrical – before pursuing a M.Arch degree from the University of Washington, completed in 2007 with a focus on urban design.
    Interested in new forms of digital communication and fresh design concepts, Kurt started WebUrbanist while finishing his thesis on urban abandonments and adaptive reuse. He subsequently founded a series of web publications including WebEcoist, Dornob and Gajitz.
    Currently based in Minneapolis, Kurt frequently travels to attend events and speak on topics ranging from contemporary urbanism to web journalism. He has previously lived in Germany and Australia with recent trips taking him to cities and conferences in Mexico, China and New Zealand. In 2012, he gave the keynote address at the IAA Highlands & Islands Awards for Architecture near Inverness, Scotland, and has just returned from the 2014 MacroCity conference on urban infrastructure in San Francisco.

    Thomas de Zengotita holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. His interests include phenomenology, ethics, media theory, and modern intellectual history. He was contributing editor at Harper's magazine and has blogged for the Huffington Post. Recent publications include "Ethics and Limits of Evolutionary Psychology" in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2013; “Modernism Revisited: Artistic Works, Academic Disciplines, Divided Minds” in Logos, Fall 2011; “On the Politics of Pastiche and Depthless Intensities: The Case of Barack Obama” in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2011. “Reframing Your World” in Harper's, June 2009. “Believing Whatever” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 2005; “Watching Yourself Steal Cars” in Current, The Los Angeles Times, November 05; "Attack of the Superzeroes in Harper's, December 2004; "The Romance of Empire" in Harper's, July 2003; "Tune in, Turn on" in Harper's, November 2003; "Common Ground" in Harper's, December 2002 “On Wittgenstein's 'Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough'" in Cultural Anthropology 4:4 1991.
    He is currently at work on two books called A History of Postmodernism and A Phenomenology of Human Rights.
    His book, Mediated, won the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Award.

    Albert Vecerka studied both architecture and photography and uses his strong understanding of each to portray space and light through the element of time in still imagery and video. A native of the former-Yugoslavia, Vecerka moved to New York in 1992. He received a BS in Architecture from City College in 1997. The following year, he began to concentrate on photography, working as an assistant and on his own. Albert taught photography at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. Currently he teaches architectural photography at City College and is actively involved with documentation of the school’s Solar Decathlon Project. Several recent projects that Albert photographed have been widely published and distributed. Among these are Weiss/Manfredi's Visitors Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, their Hunters Point South Park and Rogers Architects' Henderson Hopkins School in Baltimore.
    About the ESTO group: Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), the dean of American architectural photographers, founded Esto to provide production and back-up services for his own work. He studied architecture in the 1930s and turned his attention to photography while he was still in school. For nearly 50 years, in the middle decades of the 20th Century, Stoller documented important Modern architecture. The strength of Esto grows from his understanding of space and light and his ability to translate three dimensional concepts into strong images.

    about Global Dialogues's (dis)covered Identities
    The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee's 2014 theme, (dis)covered Identities, aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identity through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives, and trends of our time.


  • OBRA SEOUL: 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Awards Exhibition

    Seoul | Dates: 14 – 21 Jun, 2014

    We’d like to inform you of an upcoming exhibition to be held at Samtoh Gallery, Seoul, on the occasion of the 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Awards. Sanhe Kindergarten by OBRA Architects will be featured along with the works of four other selected Korean practices.

    Award Ceremony:
    June 14, 2014, Saturday 11am
    Arko Art Center 1st Floor

    June 14 - 21, 2014
    Samtoh Gallery 
    1-115 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
    [116 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul; Hyehwa Station Exit 2]

  • Wild Wallpapers

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014
    Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Tonight, design a super-charged room for your house or apartment with colorful handmade wallpaper. Using cues from Judy Ledgerwood’s massive Chromatic Patterns painting in the Smart’s lobby, paint and print gorgeous crackpot wallpaper patterns to enliven any space.

    All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.


  • Art Glass Done Wright at the Barrington Area Library

    Barrington | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    Thursday, June 19, 2014


    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


    Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010



    Frank Lloyd Wright designed art glass windows and doors for his Prairie style buildings. After a presentation on Wright’s art glass designs, children will be guided in creating their own art glass designs using tracing paper, colored pencils, construction paper, and examples of Wright’s patterns.

    This program is appropriate for children in grades 5-8. 

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register through the library’s web calendar.

  • Froebel Block Workshop at the Barrington Area Library

    Barrington | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    Thursday, June 19, 2014


    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


    Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010



    Froebel blocks were developed in the 1830s by Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, who believed that children learn through play. His series of smooth wooden blocks present geometric shapes and patterns in increasing complexity. Frank Lloyd Wright, who played with the blocks extensively as a child, credited them with inspiring his innovative Prairie style.

    Now your kids can discover the fun and excitement of building with Froebel blocks at the Barrington Area Library in a workshop presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. The workshop is designed for children in grades 2-4.

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register through the library’s web calendar.

  • Pentomino Workshop with The Wright 3 Virtual Tour at the Skokie Public Library

    Skokie | Dates: 13 Jun, 2014

    Friday, June 13, 2014


    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


    Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077



    Pentominoes have been popularized by the characters in The Wright 3, a popular novel by best-selling author Blue Balliett, who used three-dimensional pentominoes as their inspiration in solving the mystery. During the workshop, children build, design, solve problems and learn to think critically using these classic geometric puzzle pieces. Children will also enjoy The Wright 3 virtual tour, an interactive presentation focusing on The Wright 3 tour of Wright’s Robie House, the setting for the popular book.

    This workshop is appropriate for children in grades 4-8.

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register by phone at 847-324-3149.

  • Froebel Block Workshop at the Eisenhower Public Library

    Harwood Heights | Dates: 11 Jun, 2014

    Froebel blocks were developed in the 1830s by Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, who believed that children learn through play. His series of smooth wooden blocks present geometric shapes and patterns in increasing complexity. Frank Lloyd Wright, who played with the blocks extensively as a child, credited them with inspiring his innovative Prairie style.

    Now your family can discover the fun and excitement of building with Froebel blocks at the Eisenhower Public Library in a workshop presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. The workshop is designed for children ages 6 and up. (6 and 7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult).

    Registration begins on April 14. Priority will be given to Harwood Heights and Norridge residents. Register by calling 708.867.2298, by going to the library’s website: eisenhowerlibrary.org, or in person at the library.

  • Origins and Influences: Traditional Japanese Art as a Means Toward Organic Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014
    Speaker: Kevin Nute, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon.

    From the opening of the twentieth century through to the present day, the relationship between the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the traditional architecture of Japan has been a recurring source of discussion, and no little puzzlement. One of the principal factors in maintaining this interest has been the fact that whilst Wright freely acknowledged an important philosophical debt to Japanese art, and to the wood block print in particular, he consistently rejected suggestions that Japanese architecture had any direct impact on his work. Wright maintained that he found in Japanese culture not the inspiration which many suspected, but merely confirmation of many of his own ‘organic’ design principles. In his lecture, Kevin Nute examines Wright's interest in traditional Japanese pictorial art in the context of his philosophy of 'organic' architecture, and how the former contributed directly to its formal expression.

    Kevin Nute is a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon. He earned his doctorate at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies at Cambridge University. His thesis was published as Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan (Van Nostrand, 1993) and received the 1994 International Architectural Monograph Award from the American Institute of Architects.

    Professor Nute taught part-time at Cambridge until 1995, when he accepted a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship at the University of Tokyo. In 1996 he was appointed associate professor of architecture at another Japanese national university, where he directed a research laboratory for five years before joining the University of Oregon in October 2000.

    His research focuses on visual qualities of built environments that resonate directly with building users. He is the author of Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture (Routledge, 2004), and is about to publish his first electronic book, Vital: Using the Sun, Wind and Rain to Bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life, which illustrates how the natural movements of the weather can be harnessed to improve the habitability of indoor spaces and increase the visibility of sustainable practices in buildings.


    Thursday, August 7, 2014


    6 pm


    Pritzker Auditorium (Monroe Building), 104 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


    Free, reservations required

  • 2014 Heritage Home Tour: “Made in Portland”

    Portland | Dates: 26 Jul, 2014
    Please join us on Saturday, July 26th for the Fifth Annual Heritage Home Tour benefiting the programs of the Architectural Heritage Center. This year’s tour will give you an opportunity for an inside view of five of Portland’s distinguished homes that highlight the innovation, adaptation, and artistic emergence unique to our dynamic city. Included are houses from the Arts and Crafts movement, including one with Prairie-style overtones, a unique Swiss Chalet, and a mid-century residence.

    Click Here to order Individual Tickets

    Click Here to order Companion Tickets