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  • PhD Conversations: The Building

    London | Dates: 02 Jun, 2014

    Ever since the theoretical turn of the 1960s, the status of the building as main architectural object keeps taking more and more forms. Whether as the reification of power structures, as a facilitator of participatory processes, as the locus of phenomenological content, as the hypostatization of terms from other systems of thought, as a vehicle to reflect upon unmediated practices, as a catalyst to investigate the psychology of perception, as amenable to mirror processes in the natural world — its increasing epistemological diversification is an index for the growing sophistication of the field of architectural history and theory. Within this tendency, however, the building emerges more often as a medium through which to tap into another domain —if not as altogether absent— than it does as the ultimate realm of research in its own right.

    This event will pose the question whether projects that take the building as their primary concern can today extend the bounds of possibility for the production of discursive knowledge in a substantial fashion. In a day-long series of conversations, PhD candidates, historians, theorists and architects from London and United States will discuss a number of case studies in terms of how they embody design concepts that are historically significant, and how those might be turned into theoretical frameworks beyond the boundaries of architecture.

    With Mark Cousins (AA), Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (AA), Mark Cambpell (AA), Thomas Weaver (AA), Marina Lathouri (AA), Adrian Forty (UCL), John McMorrough (U. Michigan), Rafi Segal (Columbia), Penelope Dean (UIC), Sylvia Lavin (UCLA/Princeton), Mario Carpo (Yale), AA PhD candidates Aldo Urbinati, Manolis Stavrakakis, Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis and Gabriela García de Cortázar, and US PhD candidates Aaron White (Columbia), Bryan Norwood and Etien Santiago (Harvard) and José Aragüez (Princeton).

    Open event. With the support of the PhD Programme.

  • Exhibition of the 2014 AAI Awards

    Dublin | Dates: 28 May – 06 Jun, 2014

    Date: 28.05.14 – 06.06.14

    Time: 10:00 – 17:00, Tuesday to Friday

    Venue: Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

    The Architectural Association of Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Annual AAI Awards exhibition, on Tuesday 27th May from 6pm – 8pm, in the Irish Architectural Archive.

    Winners of the awards will be officially announced at the launch of the exhibition, which features a showcase of this years Downes Medal winner, the highest AAI award attainable, alongside other winning entries and special mentions.

    The AAI Awards are the only peer reviewed architecture awards in Ireland that publish the critical discourse which takes place among the assessors adjudicating the awards.

    The intention of the AAI awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects that make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

    Since 2000, a 5-person jury comprising of an architectural critic, a foreign architect, two Irish architects and a distinguished non-architect have judged the awards.  The composition of the jury ensures a balance between an international perspective and an understanding of the particular context in which Irish architects work.

    The 29th AAI awards jury consisted of:
    Justin McGuirk – Architectural Critic – www.justinmcguirk.com
    Adam Khan – UK Assessor – Adam Kahn Architects
    Mary Laheen – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Award winner), Mary Laheen Architects
    Andrew Clancy – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Downes Medal winner) Clancy Moore Architects
    Karen Hennessy – Distinguished non-architect – CEO Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

    A book accompanying these AAI Awards will be published later on in the year and will have a separate book launch.

    This exhibition is open to the public, from the 28th May to the 6th June, in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday until Friday.

    The exhibition has been curated by young emerging talents:
    Steven McNamara (Roji Designs)
    Darragh Breathnach (VAV Architects)
    Michael Hayes (2ha magazine)
    Donn Holohan
    Elspeth Lee

    A part of this exhibition documenting the design process, construction and inhabitation of this years Downes Medal Award Winning building was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme.

  • The Living Landscape: A Conversation with Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

    Bronx | Dates: 25 Jun, 2014
    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Member : $22.00
    Non-Member : $25.00

    Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, two of America's leading voices in sustainability and horticulture, are on a mission to inspire home gardens that are full of life and integrated with their surrounding environments. Don't miss this in-depth conversation tied to their new book The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, as they share their insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens large and small.

    An audience Q&A session follows the presentation, and copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by the co-authors. 

  • Satellite Magazine Cities + Speaker Series

    Brooklyn | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014

    We’re back at the Way Station on Tuesday, June 10 for another night of short talks about cities, followed by live music. This month we’ll hear about:

    Kite-mappingUrban Solutions, a civic-minded group whose members hold day jobs in fields ranging from urban planning and design to law and policy, will talk about documenting Arverne East, an undeveloped parcel of land in the Rockaways, with a camera and a kite. Speakers will include Jennifer Sta. Ines, Renata Silberblatt, and Ben Rosenblatt.

    Karachi. New York-based architect Muhammad Ahmad Khan will speak about his hometown of Karachi, whose population has doubled to around 20 million over the past decade and a half. When Pakistanis from other parts of the country face floods, earthquakes, war, and unemployment, they flock to Karachi, adding to the city’s chaotic complexity.

    The Gowanus. Journalist Joseph Alexiou, who is writing a book about Brooklyn’s favorite sewage-filled Superfund site, will discuss the canal’s history and future.

    Neighborhood activism. Crown Heights resident Valerie Fleming will speak about her long experience working in her neighborhood.

    plus

    Music from Sami and Sarah.

    Entrance is free; donations (to the musicians) are suggested.

    The Way Station is located at 683 Washington Avenue (between Prospect and St. Marks) in Prospect Heights. The event will run from 7:30 to 9PM.

  • Tezuka Architects Lecture

    Manchester | Dates: 03 Jun, 2014

    NTRODUCTION
    Tezuka architects blend critical dialogues with the city and society while demonstrating a playful open mindedness that appeals even to young children. Their projects articulate a sensibility in engaging with the environment seldom observed today. Their award winning projects include museums, houses and community centres, testing a path for future architecture that is intelligent, innovative and ego-less.

    WHO IS IT FOR?
    This is a FREE lecture organised by the Manchester School of Architecture. It is an open lecture for both students and members of the public.

    TICKETS (FREE)

    Visit: http://tezuka-architects.eventbrite.co.uk

    Ticket registration is required in advance due to limited spaces and building security. Please bring proof of your booking with you and arrive 10 minutes in advance.

    TIME
    3rd JUNE 2014, 18:00 - 20:00

    LOCATION
    LECTURE THEATRE 1 (NBS G.26)
    NEW BUSINESS SCHOOL (Ground Floor) 
    MMU

    SPONSOR
    This event has been made possible due to the kindness of The Bradshaw Gass Trust.
    http://bgtrust.org.uk/

  • MacroCity

    San Francisco | Dates: 30 – 31 May, 2014

    MacroCity is a day-long, whirlwind tour of this bigger picture of urban life. It brings together a diverse set of panelists, speakers and participants to explore the vast, often overlooked networks of infrastructure that surround us. In doing so, the conference aims to celebrate the numerous people whose countless efforts shape the built landscape every day.

    The conference will be held on May 30-May 31, 2014 at SPUR and the Brava Theater in San Francisco, CA. Registration is now open. Limited amounts of complimentary tickets are available, compcode is: warofcurrents

    MacroCity is a project of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory. For more information, please contact xiaowei@infraobservatory.com.

  • Night (1947–2015): A new work by Vincent Fecteau

    New Canaan | Dates: 01 May – 25 Aug, 2014
    Sometime in the mid-1960’s, a rail-thin white plaster sculpture called Night (1947), by Alberto Giacometti, walked away from the Glass House and never came back.

    One of very few artworks ever displayed in the Glass House, Night’s rawboned figure was granted pride of place atop the Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table. Over time, the sculpture began to shed its outer layer and was eventually sent to the artist’s studio for repairs. But Giacometti died before the work was restored and the sculpture never returned. Neither repaired nor replaced, its absence still lingers; a Modern ghost.

    In place of a traditional artist-in-residence program, Night (1947 – 2015) is instead a sculpture-in-residence program; an unfolding sculptural exhibition held in the same spot where Giacometti’s Night once stood. A series of contemporary artists will contribute works that contend with the legacy of Giacometti’s sculpture and Johnson’s architectural opus. On display for three to six months at a time, the sculptures in Night (1947 – 2015) will “disappear” after their run, making room for new work and new absences.

    Although world-class painting and sculpture populate Johnson’s property, Night (1947 – 2015) is the first formal art exhibition to be held on-site. The slowly unfolding exhibition places Johnson’s collection in dialogue with contemporary sculptural practice while positioning the architecture itself – long a site of critical discourse – as both backdrop and collaborator.

    Night (1947 – 2015) is primarily comprised of never-before-seen works by a number of mid-career and established artists. Special attention will be paid to artists who grapple with themes raised by Giacometti’s vanishedNight -- themes that largely work in contrast to those of Johnson’s transparent temple. Works will explore unreliability, looping, curving, transparency, reflectivity, and doubt. Additionally, works will have a significant relationship to architecture and design.

    Artists will be selected and announced each year through the completion of the exhibition in 2015. Jordan Stein is the guest curator of Night (1947 - 2015).

  • Fujiko Nakaya: Veil

    New Canaan | Dates: 01 May – 30 Nov, 2014
    Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the Glass House and its 2014 tour season, the Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, the first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1949.

    Nakaya, a Japanese artist who has produced fog sculptures and environments internationally, will wrap the Glass House in a veil of dense mist that comes and goes. For approximately 10 to 15 minutes each hour, the Glass House will appear to vanish, only to return as the fog dissipates. Inside the structure, the sense of being outdoors will be temporarily suspended during the misty spells. 

    Veil will stage a potent dialogue with the Glass House, producing an opaque atmosphere to meet the building’s extreme transparency and temporal effects that complement its timelessness. According to Glass House Director Henry Urbach, “Johnson’s interest in the balance of opposites is evident throughout the Glass House campus. With Nakaya’s temporary installation, we carry this sensibility to its endpoint while allowing the unique magic of the Glass House — the dream of transparency, an architecture that vanishes — to return again and again as the fog rises and falls.”

    The Glass House, situated on a promontory overlooking a valley, is subject to changing wind patterns, as well as variable temperature and humidity, that will continually influence the interchange between Veil and the building it shrouds. Fresh water, pumped at high pressure through 600 nozzles, will produce an immersive environment that reveals these dynamic conditions. According to Nakaya, “Fog responds constantly to its own surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. Fog makes visible things become invisible and invisible things — like wind — become visible.” The drama of Nakaya’s work rests in the continuous interplay between what is visible and what is not. Known coordinates vanish, only to be replaced by a miasma, rich in changing phenomenological effects, that evoke a sense of mystery, foreboding, and wonder.

    This installation is part of a greater initiative to transform the Glass House campus into a center for contemporary art and ideas, in particular those that foster new interpretations of the historic site’s meanings. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs at the Glass House and in New York City, soon to be announced. 

    Fujiko Nakaya was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1933. Her father, Ukichiro Nakaya, a physicist credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, had an impact on her work and, as a young art student, she became interested in working with cloud-like forms. In 1970, at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, Nakaya created the world’s first fog sculpture when she enveloped the Pepsi Pavilion in a vaporous mist, in collaboration with the legendary artist collaborative Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.).

    Nakaya has created fog installations around the world, including projects for the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Grand Palais, Paris; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco, among others. She consulted with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the Blur Building for the 2002 Swiss Expo, and has worked with numerous artists (including Trisha Brown, David Tudor, and Bill Viola) on environments for music and performance. This will be her first large-scale installation on the east coast of the United States and the first time her work has been presented at an internationally renowned historic site.

    Organized by Henry Urbach, Director and Chief Curator, and Irene Shum Allen, Curator and Collections Manager, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil is generously supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. Additional support is provided by Mee Industries, Inc.
  • Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them

    Bronx | Dates: 27 May – 07 Sep, 2014

    The New York Botanical Garden
    Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them
    May 17–September 7

    This Garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory—an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine—and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetrymusic, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture.

    SAVE 20% ON ALL-GARDEN PASS TICKETS
    Use code 7145 online at NYBG.org

    Valid ONLY when you use code 7145 and purchase online at nybg.org. Valid on All-Garden Pass visits from May 17-September 7, 2014.  Offer subject to availability. Orders are limited to 6 tickets. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Not valid on Special Events or Group Tours.  Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

  • CONF: Codes and Continuities in Architecture (Wuppertal, 13 Jun 14)

    Wuppertal | Dates: 13 Jun, 2014
    Department of Architecture, Unversity of Wuppertal
    13 June 2014, 13.00 – 18.30 hrs

    ‘We have never been modern’. Bruno Latour’s statement, controversial as
    it may have sounded to many of our contemporaries, has a particularly
    explosive character for the discipline of architecture. Generations of
    architects have been raised with the concept of a very clear
    distinction between a modern avant-garde and a rear-guard of
    traditionalists – two camps between which the individual had to make a
    choice. Much of the activity of the writers in the twentieth century
    was directed at identifying how buildings and their designers could be
    situated in one or the other camp, and obsessed with identifying the
    leaders of the avant-garde and a canonical modern architecture. OASE
    no. 92/93, published in March 2014, aimed at illuminating a different
    set of twentieth century architectural approaches that lingered ‘in the
    shadow’ of their canonical peers. The view of the ‘modern’ that we find
    expressed in this publication is layered and nuanced, reminding us that
    every modernity carries with it, in its very core, elements of the past
    or of a multitude of pasts.

    OASE Codes and Conventions has been successfully publicised in the
    Dutch-speaking world. But Europe is larger (and at the same time very
    small) and architectural approaches that draw from a variety of
    traditions, including those of the twentieth century but not excluding
    others, should be productive for architectural cultures in many
    countries. It is for this reason that the Chair of Architectural
    History and Theory (AGT) at the University of Wuppertal organises a
    colloquium on Codes and Continuities in Architecture on 13 June from
    13.00 to 18.30 hrs. We have taken the liberty of borrowing the title of
    the OASE issue to introduce some of the voices that have been published
    in it, coupling them with speakers from the (extended) Rhineland.

    The event should is not a presentation of the publication. Rather we
    invited some of the authors who combine an architectural practice
    making buildings with writing on buildings made by other architects
    from a distant past. How can such an activity – a true labour of love –
    be productive for formulating a position within a contemporary context?
    How are the two activities of writing and designing related? How does
    the study of architectural cultures of the past become productive for
    establishing an architectural culture in our times and in the cities
    (or regions) we live and work in? The speakers have been asked to
    discuss her or his work as a designer and speculate about the role of
    the historical research in formulating architectural thought. The
    presentations of the speakers are followed by a conversation between
    the participants and students of architecture who have prepared
    questions and statements for the event.


  • CONF: Gustav Metzger - Facing Extinction (Farnham, 7-8 Jun 14)

    Farnham | Dates: 07 – 08 Jun, 2014
    University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, June 7 - 08, 2014

    Facing Extinction -The Conference
    Sat 7th + Sun 8th June 2014, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
    Campus

    “The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against
    the on-going erasure of species - even where there is little chance of
    ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the
    forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but follow the path of
    ethics into aesthetics” -Gustav Metzger

    Artist Gustav Metzger, known for his radical approach to political and
    ecological issues, has collaborated with the Fine Art department at UCA
    Farnham to host ‘Facing Extinction - The Conference’ on 7th and 8th  
    June.  Following on from his thought provoking exhibition Facing
    Extinction at the James Hockey Gallery in March, the conference will
    include a series of engaging presentations and performances by artists,
    scientists, ecologists and specialist academics. Tackling ideas of
    immediate and long-term action against mass extinction, the conference
    will pose the question: how can we radically limit the ongoing
    decimation of nature?  
    With a broad range of distinguished speakers and activists from the
    fields of science and art, the conference presents a unique chance to
    listen to and lend your voice in this vital discussion. What is the
    scale and scope of the problems we currently face? How can we
    articulate and shape a programme of action? The conference is split
    into themes over two days: Saturday will be ‘Technology and Resources’
    and ‘Global Systems: Food and Water’ and Sunday will look at ‘Climate
    Change’ and ‘Biodiversity’.

    The contributors’ include, Gustav Metzger,  Yoko Ono,  Polly Higgins,  
    Prof. Peter Head,  Michael Pawlyn,  Assemble,  Ackroyd & Harvey,  Cape
    Farewell, Dr. Joe Ravetz, Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, London Fieldworks
    (Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist),  Dr. John Fanshawe,  Dr. Daro Montag,
    Charlotte Couch, Prof. Martin Charter  and Maria Jose Arceo.

    An exciting program of performances are scheduled for Saturday evening
    from 6-8pm, including   Kennardphillipps (Peter Kennard & Cat
    Phillipps),  Simon Watt,  Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Ellie Harrison
    and Carl Gent.

    The conference is convened by Rose Lejeune & Andrea Gregson, in
    collaboration with Gustav Metzger. It has been supported by UCA’s
    Research and Enterprise Department.

    Tickets for one or both days are on sale now via the website below or
    directly through UCA online store at:

    http://store.ucreative.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=25&catid=81&prodvarid=54
  • Build Your City!

    Dallas | Dates: 14 Jun, 2014
    Come join us in Klyde Warren Park for a hands-on activity for all ages as we build a city from the ground up. You'll be given your own plot of "land" to build on. What kind of building will you design and create? What materials will you use? How does it fit into your neighborhood? Come explore all these ideas and more Saturday, June 14 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Klyde Warren Park.

    Free and open to kids of all ages!
  • Reading the Streetscape: Battery Park City

    New York | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014

    Discover how to “read” buildings for information about the City’s growth and development and look at the city’s architecture from a design perspective. You’ll never walk down the street the same way again!

    When: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 7

    Where: Center for Architecture
    536 LaGuardia Place 
    New York, NY 

    New York’ City’s effort to create a new neighborhood to serve the revived Financial District in the late 20th century borrowed heavily from New York City’s past. Experience the streets, public places and promenade that stitch together a collection of ‘modern’ buildings that were inspired by the architecture and urban spaces of New York City’s greatest neighborhoods. Think Jane Jacobs’ West Village, Greenwich Village, Gramercy, Sutton Place and see how architects employed the patterns, details, materials and fragments of the past to create a sense of place. This tour will bring the Manhattan trilogy full circle and can also be enjoyed and understood as a stand-alone tour.  

    Price: $25/ person
    Register

  • Archaeology of the Digital: Media and Machines

    Montréal | Dates: 21 May – 05 Oct, 2014

    Media and Machines marks the second phase of the research project initiated with the 2013 exhibition Archaeology of the Digital. Curated by Greg Lynn, this initiative investigates how architecture engaged with digital technology from the 1980s until the turn of the century. The first exhibition identified the earliest practices looking to computation as a design medium that could serve architectural ambitions that anticipate the technology before it was available or used. Many of the approaches persist in this second exhibition, including the experimentation in formal, spatial and material language, procedural or parametric processes, and robotic motion. However, in this second exhibition the architects have a deeper engagement with the digital in each project.

    The exhibition brings together Asymptote’s New York Stock Exchange Virtual Trading Floor and Operation Center, Karl Chu’s Catastrophe Machine and X Phylum, the Objectile Panels by Bernard Cache, Hyposurface by dECOi Architects, Muscle NSA by ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd], and NOX’s H2Oexpo. The breadth of creative scope among these projects extends from the design of buildings to the design of interactive media, interactive robotic mechanisms, drafting machines based on the Catastrophe theory, generative algorithms, and the writing of disciplinary and cultural theories.

  • A Visual History of AIGA: 1913 – 2013

    Atlanta | Dates: 18 Aug – 06 Oct, 2014

    During the last century, AIGA (initially known as the American Institute of Graphic Arts) has grown to become the leading international communication design organization in the United States. AIGA’s commitment to “advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force” has made a powerful impact on our visual culture and has greatly influenced the public’s understanding of design.

    This exhibition will demonstrate the evolution and impact that design has made on our country through the history of AIGA. From its beginnings in New York City to the development of 67 local chapters, AIGA continues to demonstrate the value of design to improve society and create value for individuals and businesses alike. The work featured in this exhibition was created for the organization by the industry’s greatest talents including Andy Warhol, Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Alvin Lustig, Stefan Sagmeister, and Michael Vanderbyl.

  • Innovators with John Ochsendorf: Guastavino Vaults New York at the Museum of the City of New York

    New York | Dates: 02 Jun, 2014

    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    Join MIT Professor John Ochsendorf for the program Guastavino Vaults New York: Innovation, Structure, and Splendor about the work of the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company. When Rafael Guastavino and his son arrived in New York from Spain in the late 19th century, they brought with them an improved building technique—thin tile structural vaulting—that was lightweight, loadbearing, and incredibly beautiful.  These vaults grace some 250 structures in New York City today, including the Oyster Bar, the Prospect Park Boathouse, and the Elephant House at the Bronx Zoo.  A MacArthur “genius awardee,” Ochsendorf is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), which he will be signing after the lecture.

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and organized in conjunction with the recently opened exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, which is on view at the City Museum through Sunday, September 7, 2014.

    RSVP required. $15 for Museum members; $25 general public.

  • Art in Public Spaces: Sculptures on the University of Chicago Campus

    Chicago | Dates: 28 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Siting outdoor sculpture is a critical factor to the artwork’s meaning and the artistic intention, but how can this be navigated within an active and developing university campus? 

    Alice Kain, the campus art coordinator at the University of Chicago, examines examples of public artwork on the UChicago campus in Hyde Park as well as issues of landscaping, architecture, and conservation. 

    Key sculptures will include Nuclear Energy by Henry Moore, Construction in Space and Time and in the Third and Fourth Dimensions by Antoine Pevsner, and Concrete Traffic by Wolf Vostell (pictured).

    This talk is presented by the Newberry and is open to the public. 

    Location:

    The Newberry Library
    Towner Fellows’ Lounge
    60 West Walton Street
    Chicago, IL 60610

    Free.
  • Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Smart Museum

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Dec, 2013 – 20 Jul, 2014

    Chicago-based artist Judy Ledgerwood’s immense, site-specific wall painting for the Smart Museum is part of an ongoing series inspired by the energetic, asymmetrical rhythms of composer Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981).

    The painting is comprised of horizontal bands of boldly colored patterns—blue with bronze, fluorescent red with mint green, spring green with copper—that run across the large central wall in the Smart’s lobby. The work responds to both the soaring, symmetrical architecture of the space and, in its repeating patterns, the design of Louis Sullivan’s elevator screens for the Chicago Stock Exchange building (two of which are on view in the lobby).

    The artist (with the help of an assistant) painted Chromatic Patterns by hand directly on the wall. The work, in the artist’s words, is made to "hang tapestry-like" with drooping and irregular edges that contrast with the clean lines of the Museum’s modernist architecture.

  • CFP: Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century

    Sydney | Dates: 15 Jun, 2014
    The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

    We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the following topics, although please note that the conference organisers are open to proposals for subjects that fall outside of these broad themes:

    • Making Ideas Visible
    • Biography and the History of Individual Life
    • Economic Ideas in Social and Political Contexts
    • Global Sensibilities
    • National Identity and Cosmopolitanism
    • Antiquaries and Alternative Versions of the Classical Tradition
    • Periodisation and the question of Period Styles
    • ‘Enlightenment’ and the Pacific
    • Spectacle, Sociability and Pleasure
    • Genres of Enlightenment
    • Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Borders and Empire
    • Historiography of the Enlightenment
    • Post-Enlightenment trajectories in literature and art

    We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract and 2-page cv, sent via email as a pdf attachment to sihn.dns@sydney.edu.au.

    Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2014

    If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at sihn.dns@sydney.edu.au.

  • CCA Formations Summer Workshops 2014

    San Francisco | Dates: 04 – 15 Aug, 2014

    CCA’s Architecture Division presents FORMATIONS SUMMER 2014: a series of workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community. This year’s lineup of one-week workshops will be held from August 4 to August 15, 2014. Led by CCA faculty, these workshops will expose students to innovative methods and techniques of drawing, model-making, computational design, and digital fabrication.

    Registration is now open! See the Registration page for more info.

    Please contact formations@cca.edu if you have any questions.