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  • CONF: Textile Arts and Textility (Florence, 9-10 May 14)

    Florence | Dates: 09 – 10 May, 2014
    Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, May
    9 - 10, 2014

    Selvedge to Selvedge – Textile Arts and Textility from Antiquity to the
    Present

    A Start-Up Workshop of the Joint Research Projects "An Iconology of the
    Textile in Art and Architecture" (funded by the Swiss National
    Scientific Foundation (SNSF) at the University of Zurich and directed by
    Tristan Weddigen) and "Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a
    Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Cent.)" (funded by the German
    Research Foundation (DFG) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and directed
    by Gerhard Wolf)

    Organized by Vera-Simone Schulz and Gerhard Wolf

    From an anthropological point of view, there is hardly a genre of
    artifacts that is closer to us than textiles. Across cultures, time and
    space, we are quite literally surrounded by them, from birth to death.
    Yet, despite a growing interest in recent scholarship, the study of
    textiles remains a marginal field. The aim of the research projects "An
    Iconology of the Textile in Art and Architecture" (University of Zurich)
    and "Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective
    (4th-17th Cent.)" (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is to take up this
    challenge and to study the aesthetics of textiles and their vital role
    as agents of cultural interaction during the three-year collaboration.

    This first exploratory workshop seeks to propose an intellectual
    framework for this endeavor: to give insights into individual research
    projects, to stimulate discussions about specific methodologies and
    topics relevant for the projects, and to open up future themes and
    research perspectives. It will investigate textiles in regard to their
    materiality, surface structure, ornaments and figuration, including
    notions of framing, fragmentation and seriality, as well as
    performativity. It will draw attention to the specific qualities of the
    textile medium, to issues of transmediality and transmateriality, to the
    technologies of textile production and to the multi-faceted
    ‘biographies’ of textile artifacts. Easily transported and of high
    esteem in Asian, Mediterranean, and Northern European societies,
    textiles were a privileged field for the elaboration of cross-cultural
    artistic languages. The workshop addresses this migration of textiles,
    raw materials, techniques and patterns from China to the Mediterranean
    and Northern Europe, from Antiquity to the present, including the
    mythologies, origin stories, the historical discourses and narratives of
    textiles through the centuries, gender issues, and the modernity of the
    textile arts.


    PROGRAM

    May 9, 2014

    14:30
    Visit of the textile collection, Museo Nazionale del Bargello
    (speakers and moderators only)

    17:30
    Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51 (open to the public)

    Welcome and Introduction: The Site- and Non-Site Specificity of
    Textiles: Transcultural and Transmaterial Approaches to Textiles in
    Tuscany and Florence (Vera-Simone Schulz, Berlin/Florence)

    Presentation of the outline and the scopes of the research projects:
    Tristan Weddigen (Zurich): An Iconology of the Textile in Art and
    Architecture
    Gerhard Wolf (Florence/Berlin): Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in
    a Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Cent.)

    18:00
    Evening Lecture:
    Birgit Schneider (Potsdam): Floral Codes. Elements of a History of
    Punchcard Weaving
    Moderation: Gerhard Wolf


    May 10, 2014

    10:00
    Visit of the Museo del Tessuto, Prato
    (speakers and moderators only)

    14:30
    Casa Zuccari, Via Gino Capponi 22 (Closed session, registration for
    participation via email: vera-simone.schulz@khi.fi.it)

    Short presentations of individual research projects
    Moderation: Tristan Weddigen (Zurich)

    Mateusz Kapustka (Zurich): Textiles and Memory
    Kyoko Nomoto (Oxford/Berlin): Chinese Silk in the Context of Eurasia, AD
    1-600
    Sylvia Houghteling (Yale/Berlin): The Figural Language of Textiles in
    South Asia, ca. 1600-1650

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    Moderation: Olga Bush (New York/Florence)

    Nynne Just Christoffersen (Berlin): Textile Trade in Sixteenth to
    Eighteenth Century Northern Europe. The Patterns of Modern Visual
    Culture
    Anika Reineke (Zurich): Textile Spaces and the Conception of Interior in
    18th-Century France
    Anne Röhl (Zurich): Gendering Textiles in Post-war and Contemporary Art

    18:00
    Casa Zuccari, Via Gino Capponi 22

    Evening Lecture (open to the public, registration for participation via
    email: vera-simone.schulz@khi.fi.it):
    Barbara Karl (Vienna): Propaganda in Silk – Ottoman Flags and the Relief
    of Vienna 1683

    Moderation: Sean Nelson (Los Angeles/Florence)

  • Pleasant Home & Hemingway Birthplace Special Tour

    Oak Park | Dates: 16 May, 2014

    Two historic homes, one delightful evening.

    On Friday, May 16 from 5-7pm, Pleasant Home and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will present a special combined tour of both historic homes including food and drinks. 

    Tickets are $25 per person, available securely through PayPal. Contact Heidi at (708) 383-2654 or hruehlemay@pleasanthome.org for questions.


  • Flood Protection for Historic Sites - Integrating Heritage Conservation and Flood Control Concepts

    Dresden | Dates: 13 – 14 Jun, 2014

    Increasingly frequent disasters involving high water have led to efforts in many parts of the world to enhance flood protection. Although the extensive structural measures that are often undertaken also protect historic sites, at times these very measures can impair a site’s special values. Not enough attention has been given in the past to such adverse effects. This interdisciplinary colloquium will discuss relevant experiences from various contexts and professional perspectives. The conference will end with an afternoon tour on Saturday, June 14 to different flood protection projects in Dresden and Saxony.

    Simultaneous translation will be provided.

    Further information is to be found in the program and on the following website:
    http://www.flood-heritage-2014.de.

  • ARCH MOSCOW 2014

    Moscow | Dates: 21 – 25 May, 2014

    In 2014 the XIX International Exhibition of Architecture and Design Arch Moscow is going to take place from May 21 till May 25, in parallel with 4th Moscow Biennale of Architecture.

    The main topic of the Biennale: Urban Blocks

    Curator: Bart Goldhoorn

    Sections of the Exhibition: Architecture, Exterior and Interior Solutions, Light in Architecture, Details

    The International Exhibition of Architecture and Design keeps it’s major priority which is the principle of selectivity, already for 19 years. The best examples of domestic and foreign architectural achievements are demonstrated on the Exhibition, the big amounts of professional discussions about the development of quality architectural environment are held.

    ARCH Moscow is a quality audience and the best platform for establishing business contacts in the field of architecture, construction and real estate.

    www.archmoscow.ru

  • Lucas House Hard Hat Tour and Lunch

    Atlanta | Dates: 30 May, 2014
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    New owners Christopher Jones and Roger Smith will host a "Lunch and Learn" hard hat tour of the historic Randolph Lucas House. The tour will feature presentations by consultants who have been involved with the relocation and restoration of this grand 1924 residence.

    This exclusive event is limited to 30 people. A boxed lunch will be provided with outside seating behind the house. Small groups will be individually led through the house by Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith. The house is still very much a work in progress; please dress accordingly. Event Fee: $15.00, includes lunch. Email Kate Ryan, kryan@georgiatrust.org, with any special dietary requests.

    $15 per person (includes boxed lunch)

    Rhodes Hall, Atlanta
    1516 Peachtree Street, NW
    Atlanta, GA  30309

    Click to Register


  • 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize

    Dates: 02 – 31 May, 2014
    The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, American Institute of Architects, and theCenter for Architecture, Design & Engineering in the Library of Congress, and administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), FAIA, chairman of the AIA’s Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress and first curator of the HABS collection, a co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

    The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS, HAER and HALS collection at the Library of Congress, and to encourage the submission of drawings among professionals and students. The prize is also intended to reinvigorate the art of architectural delineation and composition in the tradition established by the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Beaux Arts methodology embraced the study and drawing of historic buildings as a crucial component of architectural education, providing an opportunity for young architects to gain an understanding of the principles of design and construction. Additionally, it was a means through which architects mined historic buildings for architectural motifs to be used in their restoration and new design projects. By requiring only a single sheet, the competition challenges the delineator to capture the essence of the site through the presentation of key features that reflect its historic and its architectural, landscape architectural or engineering significance. The Holland Prize competition is open to all those interested, regardless of experience or professional background.

    Preservation Architect the online newsletter of the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee will publish the winning drawing, and the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Merit awards may also be given.

  • CFP: UST Grad Art History Symposium War/Art/Peace

    St. Paul | Dates: 03 May – 01 Jun, 2014
    THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY will host its fifth annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, WAR / ART / PEACE, Sept. 19-20, 2014. Keynote speaker: Dr. David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University

    CFP: http://www.stthomas.edu/media/collegeofartsandsciences/arthistory/pdf/ART118114-Symposium-Call-for-Papers.pdf
  • Chicago Parks: Landscape Imagination and the Livable City

    Chicago | Dates: 12 May, 2014
    The Architecture + Design Society invites you to hear about two very exciting landscape design projects underway in Chicago: Maggie Daley Park and Bloomingdale Trail/The 606. 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • H.R.Hiegel on Border Aesthetics “Sidewalk Stumbling Stones”

    San Antonio | Dates: 25 May, 2014

    With the Biannual Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, architect H.R.Hiegel presents a paper “Sidewalk Stumbling Stones”

    Border rhetoric 
    Aspects of architectural / spatial rhetoric - RSA 2014 panel, abstract, paper by H.R.Hiegel, architect
    Presentation 4. Sidewalk Stumble Stones: Passion in Architectural and Urban Borders
    http://www.hiegel.de/campanile.html

    A border is a threshold leading to new fields of awareness, dimensions, aesthetics. In this paper, I try to point to an emerging form of architectural rhetoric. Unlike the sill of a door, a threshold implies stepping into something new, altogether opposed to the border, a fringe, an edging, a trimming. Nothing around, just solid autonomy of the drama of individuality in urban space. The paper will explore a new architectural border on sidewalks of German cities. Can a border tell stories which become visible via Stolpersteine – Stumbling Stones, now being installed by the artist Gunter Demnig, grafting into the borders of sidewalks specific locations where Jews and other enemies of the Nazi regime were taken out of their homes or businesses for deportation…? And polished by citizens, copying palimpsests, thoughts written, erased, rewritten, the notions of stumbling and overlay that interpenetrate borders of aesthetic reception. 
    What kind of stories can a border tell, which ones are visible, intangible? Gaston Bachelard`s “Poetics of Space” and Leon Battista Alberti`s thoughts about architecture will be calm anchors leading to questions, a handful of beauteous slides illustrating the session.
    What remains tangible and will be scrutinized is the tragic versus the shiningforth.

    H. R. Hiegel (born 1954 in Kaiserslautern)
    Studies in Karlsruhe and London, various scholarships, 1982 own practice. Teaching in England, France, Israel and Germany. Contribution to exhibitions e.g. Frankfurt, Bale, Helsinki, Paris, Barcelona,  with S. Holl, J.Stirling, J. Beuys, M. Campi, A. Rossi, Micha Ullmann, L. Krier, R. Venturi, lectured in London, Hamburg, New York, Kassel, Karlsruhe, Milano, Freiburg, Jerusalem.  Work: Bayer House, Campanile (a+u Tokyo 1986, UIA-projekt 2002, Guardian Witness 2013), Fritz House, kindergarden Oase, transformer East, Matthew Church. publications Tokyo, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Venice, TV, radio, newspapers. Drawings / models in various collections, Frankfurt, Berlin, Florence, Karlsruhe, New York, London, Zagreb.
    „Hiegel plädiert somit zugleich für die langsamere Stadt und für das Ende des architektonischen Schweigens. Er gehört zu den nachdenklichen Vor-Zeichen einer Architektur, die die Moderne korrigieren, ohne sie mit der Posaune widerrufen zu wollen.“ Mathias Schreiber (Der Spiegel) zum Hiegel`schen Entwurf Campanile, Frankfurt / Main

  • FitCity 9: Promoting Physical Activity Through Design

    New York | Dates: 19 May, 2014

    The AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is holding the FitCity 9 conference at The New School University Center on Monday, May 19, 2014, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

    Speakers and participants will examine how design of the built environment can create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages and help to improve health equity across neighborhoods. The program brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, public health professionals, and community residents and leaders to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can address the key health epidemics of our time: obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and asthma.

    Conference participants will also hear how the strategies included in the Active Design Guidelines are being implemented by multiple government and non-government organizations in communities throughout NYC and across the country.

    This year’s event will explore the alignment of health-promoting design with the priorities of the new administration, including the creation of affordable housing that promotes resident and community well-being and the safe and equitable access to active transportation and transit with Vision Zero’s street safety goals.

    Sign up here for an exclusive tour of the recently completed University Center led by Lia Gartner, FAIA, VP of Design and Construction, The New School. Space is limited to 25 guests.

    Registration opens at 8:30 am; program begins at 8:45 am.

    RSVP

  • Build It! Architecture for Kids

    Cincinnati | Dates: 10 May – 23 Aug, 2014

    Build It! Architecture for Kids will be on view at The Betts House April 12 – August 23 2014. The exhibit, on loan from archKIDecture in Chicago, provides hands-on opportunities for children to explore architecture and construction.

    The exhibit consists of nine modules presenting architectural subjects including roofs, tools, and shapes. Build It! encourages children to interact with each module, either on their own or by collaborating with other children or adults. Designed for children age three to twelve, the exhibit promotes visual literacy with activities on shapes, color, and symmetries.
    Learn More

    In addition, a unique, fun, educational program on construction and building trades will be offered for youth group throughout the month of June. Bond at the Betts, an annual summer program at The Betts House, offers youth from local recreation and summer programs, a hands-on introduction to the building trades. The program, now in its 17th year, has received national recognition with a 2008 Award of Merit from the American Architectural Foundation.

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
    2nd and 4th Saturdays, 12:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Stop by on select Saturdays for family friendly activities, or tour our historic neighborhood every 4th Saturday!

    www.thebettshouse.org

  • The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture

    New York | Dates: 09 May – 19 Jul, 2014

    Landscape stands today at the center of the political, aesthetic and social discourse of our time. While nowadays everyone has a voice concerning landscape — journalists and politicians, architects and urban planners, sociologists etc. refer to it all the time — the most important figures working in the field of landscape, that is, the landscape architects and the garden designers, are still mostly unknown to the public.

    The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture intends to fill this gap and provide an insight into the extreme richness and variety of Swiss landscape architecture. In the context of The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture landscape architecture is not understood in a narrow and dogmatic way: besides landscape architects, the show also presents the relevant work of architects such as Bernard Tschumi or Herzog & de Meuron and that of engineers like Jürg Conzett.

    Exhibition Opening
    Tuesday, May 13, 6:00-8:00pm

  • 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

    Dates: 01 May – 30 Jun, 2014

    World Monuments Fund invites you to submit a nomination for the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The prize will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative solutions that preserved and saved a modern landmark at risk. Nominated projects must have been completed in the past five years.

    The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize recognizes heroic efforts that preserve our modern heritage. Submissions for projects that have enhanced a site's architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while also benefiting the community are encouraged. 

    Nominations for the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize are being accepted through June 30, 2014. For details about the prize, see the Call for Nominations or email modernism2014@wmf.org.

  • Conference: performaCITY (Basel, 12-14 Jun 14)

    Basel | Dates: 12 – 14 Jun, 2014

    CONFERENCE: performaCITY (Basel, 12-14 Jun 14) Kaserne Basel, Klybeckstrasse 1b 1, CH - 4057 Basel, June 12 - 14, 2014 Registration deadline: Jun 12, 2014

    4 keynotes, 8 panels, 75 face2face discussions, 7 walks, 1 film

    How does the urban society of today build the culture of tomorrow? Which role does the performative practice play in the development of an urban mode of life? Which choreographies of daily life does the city produce?

    Can we create collective memory by artistic means? How can the city as a storage medium be used as a chamber for the visionary - and feed in sustainable knowledge/practice? How can performative practice help?

    These are some of the questions raised by the interdisciplinary conference performaCITY, which takes place from June 12 to 14, 2014 at the Kaserne Basel and in the urban space of Basel. In various panels, keynotes, face-to-face talks and discussions, performaCITY will examine the reciprocal relationship of performative, artistic practice and the built-up, vibrant city, particularly in regard to the production of a future urban culture. We understand the city as a major producer of a future society's collective, cultural memory, and the performative practice as an important catalyst for this process.

    The conference will be based on an interdisciplinary approach that brings together renown thinkers, scholars, artists and practitioners from around the world: Aleida Assmann (cultural studies, Konstanz), Knut Ebeling (philosopher, Berlin), Erdem Gündüz (choreographer, Istanbul), Ant Hampton (theater maker, London), Jen Harvie (performance studies, London), Gabriele Klein (sociologist of movement, Hamburg), LIGNA (artist collective, Hamburg), Stefanie Lorey (theater studies, Hamburg), David Pinder (urban and cultural geographer, London), Saskia Sassen (sociologist, New York), Dries Verhoeven (director, Utrecht), Sophie Wolfrum (urbanist, München), zURBS (socio-artistic laboratory, Zürich) … and many more.  

    The conference takes place in the overall frame of the festival performaCITY (June 6 to June 15, 2014 / Kaserne Basel and urban space of Basel), which also includes artistic/performative interventions in public space and communication in the form of performative walks and socio-artistic activities.

    Three artistic interventions from the European theatre network SECOND CITIES - PERFORMING CITIES (Dries Verhoeven: "Ceci n‘est pas …", LIGNA:

    "Walking the City", Ant Hampton: "A voice - lest we see where we are") will be performed in the urban space, and the production "Saving the World" by the German-British performance group Gob Squad will be presented in the Kaserne.

    Socio-artistic activities will accompaign performaCITY with a series of workshops and an audiowalk that engages the residents of Basel and the audience in the making of an alternative city archive that experiments with ways to trace, document and (re)present the lived experiences of the present in order to build visions and ideas of shared futures.

    Registration, Programme & information: www.performacity.net

    Contact: info@trans4mator.net

    Conference Pass - regular: 45 CHF

    Conference Pass - Student: 25 CHF

    Curated by trans4mator (Concept: Imanuel Schipper, Johanna Dangel;

    Organisation: Christiane Dankbar). Partners & Supporters: performaCITY is a part of "Performing Cities", an European production network of "second cities" and their performance production centres in Germany (Dresden, Mülheim/Ruhr), France (Poitiers, Strasbourg), the Netherlands

    (Utrecht) and Poland (Krakow).

    performaCITY is part of "Shared Space Switzerland" the Swiss preliminary programme for the Prague Quadrennial 2015 that is organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with the Festival Antigel Geneva, trans4mator Zurich and Haus der Kunst, Uri.

    performaCITY is a part of the SharedSpace project in cooperation with the Prague Quadrennial 2015.

    "eikones - NCCR Iconic Criticism" of the University of Basel is partner of the conference.

    The performaCITY conference is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF.

    "Performing Cities" and "Shared Space" are supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

  • Conference: Architecture and Photography (Zaragoza, 15 May 14)

    Zaragoza | Dates: 15 May, 2014

    Conference: Architecture and Photography (Zaragoza, 15 May 14)

    University of Zaragoza, May 15, 2014

    Registration deadline: May 14, 2014

    Fourth Annual Conference Architecture and Photography

    The Department of Architecture and the research group "Photography and modern architecture in Spain" of the University of Zaragoza organizes the fourth annual Conference "Architecture and Photography", to be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Ibercaja Zentrum Conference Room in Zaragoza. In continuity with the former editions, the goal of the conference is to foster an academic debate and an interdisciplinary discussion on the issues involved on the relationship between architecture and photography, such as documentation and conservation, theory and criticism, and the professional and the artistic approaches.

    PROGRAM

    12:00

    Presentation and opening remarks:

    Iñaki Bergera (Conference Chair)

    12:15

    Photography for the Architect: an Educational Program Juan Bordes, Academic, Professor, University of Madrid

    13:15

    What do Portray who Photographs Architecture?

    Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Architectural Journalist and Historian, Madrid

    17:00

    Photograph is Thinking

    Jesús Granada, Architectural Photographer, Seville

    18:00

    Photography and Anonymous Architecture

    Manolo Laguillo, Photographer, Professor, University of Barclona

    19:15 Round Table and Closing Remarks

    For further inquiries contact conference chairs or check out the following links:

    Iñaki Bergera, Dept. of Architecture, University of Zaragoza, ibergera@unizar.es Raimundo Bambó, Dept. of Architecture, University of Zaragoza, rbambo@unizar.es

    http://arquitectura.unizar.es

    http://blogfame.wordpress.com

    http://obrasocial.ibercaja.es/zaragoza/jornada-iv-jornada-arquitectura-y-fotografia-2014

  • Call For Graduate Student Papers: FSU Thirty-Second Art History Symposium Tallahassee, Florida, October 31 - November 1, 2014

    Tallahassee | Dates: 30 Apr – 01 Aug, 2014

    Call For Graduate Student Papers: FSU Thirty-Second Art History Symposium Tallahassee, Florida, October 31 - November 1, 2014

    Deadline: Aug 1, 2014

    The Art History faculty and graduate students of Florida State University invite students working toward an MA or a PhD to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the Thirty-Second Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium. Paper sessions will begin on Friday afternoon, October 31,and continue through Saturday, November 1, with each paper followed by critical discussion. Symposium papers may come from any area of the history of art and architecture. Papers will then be considered for inclusion in Athanor, a nationally distributed journal published by the Department of Art History and the FSU College of VIsual Arts, Theatre & Dance.

    The deadline for receipt of  abstracts (maximum 500 words) is August 1, 2014. Please include the title of the talk, graduate level, and whether the subject originated in thesis or dissertation research.

    Send the abstract by email to:

    lajones@fsu.edu
    Dr. Lynn Jones, Symposium Coordinator
    Department of Art History
    Florida State University

  • Garden Dialogues: Austin

    Austin | Dates: 17 May, 2014
    Saturday May 17, 2014 | 10:00am - 02:30pm

    On Saturday, May 17th, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Austin and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • The European Rooms

    Chicago | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    MAY 21, 2014, 6PM
    SCREENING

    Please RSVP

    Please join us for a special screening of The European Rooms, a short film by media artist David K. Ross that presents intimate views of Enlightenment-era architectural interiors featured in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Rooms. In Ross’s newest work, an unhurried camera glides across drawing rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and entrance halls filled with finely crafted furniture and carefully selected objets. Though well-appointed, this "sealed and stifling" world of privilege, class, and prestige is also inescapably uncanny and oneiric. A slow unraveling of cinematic, sonic and architectural space played out in real time, The European Rooms is as confounding as it is elucidatory. David K. Ross will provide introductory remarks to the film screening.

    David K. Ross
     works in a variety of media including film, video, photography and installation, and is based in Chicago and Montreal. His formal training as an architect and his experimentation with large format photography and film have resulted in a wide range of projects investigating the history of optical technologies and geodetic practices, museum taxonomies and transport systems, self-storage facilities, and urban infrastructures. Ross's work have been exhibited in major institutions in North America and Europe, and are included in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. His films and videos have been shown at CineMarfa (2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2013), and the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (2014).

  • Tour: The Esther McCoy Collection

    Pasadena | Dates: 03 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 3
    Choice of 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. tour

    Location Details To Be Announced To Ticketholders

    The Esther McCoy Collection at the Greene and Greene Archives contains McCoy’s library, including over 500 books, at least as many periodicals, and numerous copies of her own publications. McCoy can be credited with introducing Greene and Greene to a wider audience with her book Five California Architects (1960). Her library collection focuses on early 20th century architecture; many of the books are autographed gifts to McCoy by their authors, a testament to her wide-ranging friendships in the field. She was not only an authority on Southern California architecture, but also on Mexican and Italian architecture of the period.

    For this display at the Archives, items will be selected to illustrate McCoy’s friendships in the world of architecture as well as to show unusual or rare examples of architectural publications. To brush up beforehand, attend the lecture on April 29th and consult the Archives of American Art which holds the papers of Esther McCoy.

  • Esther McCoy: Piecing Together LA

    Pasadena | Dates: 29 Apr, 2014
    Lecture by Susan Morgan
    Tuesday, April 29, 7:00pm

    Esther McCoy (1904–1989) was one of the foremost architectural writers of the twentieth century. A gifted literary stylist and keen social critic, her work recognized the genesis of American modernism, witnessed the birth of mid-century design, and ignited public awareness. McCoy's book Five California Architects (1960) has long been acknowledged as an indispensable classic. As Reyner Banham declared, “No one can write about architecture in California without acknowledging her as the mother of us all.” Throughout her sixty-year career, McCoy worked variously as an author, editorial scout, lecturer, screenwriter, architectural preservationist, and exhibition curator; her life charted the progressive edge of American idealism from the utopian spirit of Jazz Age Greenwich Village through the radical evolution of post-war architecture.

    Susan Morgan: Susan has written extensively about art, design, and cultural biography. Her work has been featured in exhibition catalogues, artist’s monographs, and mainstream publications ranging from the New York Times to the World of Interiors. A former contributing editor for InterviewMirabella, and Metropolitan Home, she is a contributing editor forAperture and www.eastofborneo.org, the collaborative online art journal and archive. With support from the Graham Foundation, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution, Morgan has been researching the life and work of writer Esther McCoy. She is editor of Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader (2012), the first McCoy anthology, and cocurator (with Kimberli Meyer) of Sympathetic Seeing (2011), for the MAK Center at the R. M. Schindler House, West Hollywood, CA.