The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premiere showcase of environmentally themed films. Through the annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, they seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film. March 17 – 29 the Festival presents more than 150 films to an audience of over 33,000. Often combined with thematic discussions and social events, the films screening are held at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Many of the screenings are free, and all are open to the public.
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Italian-born, Los Angeles-based architect Elena Manferdini has become adept at creating vibrant architectural installations that employ complex patterns, luscious colors, and rich textures to introduce new spatial and visual narratives to challenge the clean lines and abstract forms of architectural modernism. For this new work for the Art Institute, Manferdini drew inspiration from the iconic orthogonal geometries of the design of Mies van der Rohe, including his 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartments in Chicago. By digitally manipulating images of this internationally recognized building, whose structure is an ode to Chicago’s strict urban grid, Manferdini has created an immersive environment that builds off this design. Although the image is rendered in two dimensions, the play of light, color, depth, and perspective invites the user to experience the work up close as well as from a distance.
This exhibition is part of a series in which the Department of Architecture and Design enlists contemporary architects and designers to organize installations that investigate critical issues within their practices. Using history as a starting point, Manferdini developed new visual and spatial narratives that challenge perceptions of architectural environments through the use of decoration and ornamentation. She began with Mies’s simple gridded facade treatments. After tracing an image of his facades to create digital drawings of the grid, she developed multiple versions of unique patterns by multiplying the grid, weaving the lines, and infusing a range of colors and line weights. This installation at the Art Institute is comprised of a series of small-scale, intimate studies printed on both vinyl and metal; a large-scale landscape—composed of these smaller studies—that covers half of the gallery; a video that animates these studies; and in the center of the gallery, three-dimensional forms that show how these patterns can take shape from their two-dimensional origin. In each of these manifestations, Manferdini’s manipulation of the grid blurs lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduces a new contemporary landscape that has strong ties to the past.
Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture is part one of a two-part series of special commissions generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society in America Symposium on “SAINTS AND SINNERS”
DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave. Covington KY
CONTACT: Jim Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Ohio River Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (ORVC) announces its annual all-day seminar, “Saints and Sinners,” featuring six speakers who will entertain and inform its members and the general public on local figures of renown and notoriety:
Andrew Manning Ph.D., cultural anthropologist, P&G’s corporate archives, on William Cooper Proctor, P&G president 1907-1930 and grandson of the founder, and his historic encounter with Princeton president Woodrow Wilson: “The Queen City and Princeton: A Royal Relationship”
Phil Nuxhall, Historian and docent trainer, Spring Grove Cemetery, will bring us, from his second book, stories of “saints” and “sinners” entombed there: “Stories in the Grove”
Ginny Tonic, Tonic Tours, will present Victorian drinking habits by class and economics, and will craft a vintage punch for us! “A nice drink at day’s end can make the world seem better.”
LUNCH: An annual highlight, luncheon prepared by board members will be served 11 a.m. - noon.
Sr. Judith Metz, S.C., Ph.D., will talk about Sister Blandina Segale, 1850-1941, whose extraordinary life of service has inspired a movement toward her canonization. “There was nothing bland about Sister Blandina.”
Judith Spraul-Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of history, University of Cincinnati, will present the issue of Boss Cox’s actual rôle in Cincinnati politics 1891-1916—saint or sinner?—George B. Cox, The Boss is Not Necessarily a Public Enemy.”
Richard O. Jones, Hamilton newspaperman turned crime writer, will present the indictment in a 1903 murder as part of serial wife murders in Hamilton. After the Calm: Hamilton’s Bluebeards.
Cost for seminar and lunch: $35 ORVC members, $40 guests. Checks payable to ORVC to Jim Schwartz, 5791 Leslie Drive, Fairfield OH 41011 by REGISTRATION DEADLINE, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Please include phone and/or e-mail contact info.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND IN ITS EUROPEAN SETTING
22-25 April 2015, University of Edinburgh
This conference will review the architecture of Scotland’s early classical period, 1660-1750, set against the backdrop of European sister cultures. It will re-examine the work of major Scottish architects including Sir William Bruce, Mr James Smith, the Mylne family, William Adam and their contemporaries: clients, garden designers and craftsmen. Topics explored will include country houses and their landscaped settings, urban civic and domestic buildings, and the building trade. The nature and value of Scotland’s international connections, particularly with England and mainland Europe, provide the main contexts for this period during which Scottish architects fully embraced classicism for the first time and became strongly influential in shaping taste elsewhere.
Booking information is available at https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/architecture-of-scotland
In conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Learning from/in Latin America will expand on the exhibition’s curatorial framework and further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Mexico, Cuba and the Southern Cone spanning over three decades of architectural and urban development from 1955 to the early 1980s. Taking place from April 2-3, 2015, practitioners, planners, architecture and urban design historians, humanities scholars, curators and critics will contribute to a polyphonic conversation about architecture in Latin America, its social and political implications, and the persistent legacies of modernization.
Victorian Society New York Panel Discussion on "Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation"
Moderator: Tenzing Chadotsang; Panelists: Annie Polland, Harvey Epstein, and Edward Gunts
LOCATION: Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065
ADMISSION: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Meet-the-Speakers Reception to follow
How can New York meet its goal of creating fit and affordable housing for all without sacrificing or disrupting historic neighborhoods and landmark buildings?
That’s the central question behind a panel discussion on “Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation,” sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. The discussion will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at the Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street in New York.
The event is free and open to the public and is part of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, a multiyear celebration of the 50th anniversary of the April 19, 1965 signing of the New York Landmarks Law and the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The panel will be moderated by Tenzing Chadotsang, a former staff member of the Landmakrs Preservation Committee and current interim executive director of Chhava CDC in Jackson Heights, N. Y., a community-based non-profit organization.
Panel members will include:
Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Education & Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City since 2009. She is responsible for developing the museum’s tour content and other interpretive and educational programs.
Harvey Epstein, Project Director of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, which represents dozens of community-based organizations in a variety of matters and assists their members in litigating employment, housing, health and consumer issues.
Edward Gunts is a journalist who focuses on architecture, design, real estate development and preservation. A former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun, he studied architecture at Cornell University and now writes for a variety of national design publications and journals.
The panel discussion is part of a lecture series sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of Victorian Society and hosted by the Dominican Academy.
The idea of this panel, organizers say, grew out of the criticism from some real estate interests that historic preservation limits the creation of affordable housing throughout the city. The idea for this panel is to discuss how the city’s preservation districts and stock of older buildings can help address the need for affordable housing. Panelists will focus on centuries-old issues that continue to be relevant today: financial constraints, maintaining architectural standards and negotiating bureaucratic systems.
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Youth Architecture Workshops give students entering 7th through 12th grade an opportunity to practice design, drawing, and model-building in the inspiring drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio. In each of three innovative workshops, students create their own designs for a "client," build a 3-dimensional model, and participate in an architectural critique.
In Level I, students explore the influence of geometry on Wright’s architecture, learn to use drafting tools, interpret architectural plans and draw to scale, study Wright’s Usonian style, and create their own design for a “client.” They tour Wright’s Home and Studio with a special emphasis on his innovative use of space. Parents and friends are welcome to attend the culminating architectural critique where participants present their projects. A professional architect provides instruction and guidance.
Maximum capacity for each session is 12 students.
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Join us for the 41st annual Wright Plus, an internationally renowned architectural housewalk featuring rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects in historic Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois. Experience extraordinary living spaces and share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world.
Want even more Wright? The Wright Plus Friday and Sunday Excursions are daylong trips to Wright-designed sites beyond Chicago. Luxury coach will transport guests to the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois and the S.C. Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin. Both tours are offered Friday, May 15 and Sunday, May 17.
The Ultimate Plus Package offers an extended weekend of one-of-a-kind architectural experiences and includes accommodation.
“Home Base” will be open to the public from March 4 to May 1. Exhibits are free and open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Gould Pavilion is located at 3950 University Way, Seattle, WA 98195.
Exhibition opening and conversation with Jim Olson
Olson, the founding principal of Olson Kundig Architects, will speak about his career and cabin on Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in Gould Pavilion. Joining Olson for the Q&A portion of the presentation will be Alan Maskin, a principal with Olson Kundig.
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 12pm-5pm (until 7pm on Wed)
Exhibition is free and open to the public
J.M. Richards, architectural journalist and one time editor of the Architectural Review, wrote in 1937 that he wished the personalities of architects would become ‘culturally irrelevant’. He thought of architecture as a collective, ongoing pursuit – between various professions and the general public - rather than as a collection of finished buildings and named architects. Richards’ preoccupations with process rather than result, the existing rather than the imagined, the anonymous rather than the famous and the ordinary rather than the extra-ordinary, form the starting point of this symposium.
In recent years the boundaries of Architectural and Design History have expanded to include the stories of lesser-known designers, the role of patrons, critics and historians, media, photography and drawing in design practice. Professional networks and personal relationships are also increasingly subjects of scholarship, together with the broader social and cultural contexts of architecture and design. This symposium aims to draw attention to the behind the scenes of architectural and design cultures, and seeks proposals that build on these expanding boundaries of the subject by considering the everyday places and procedures and the ordinary people that make architecture and design.
Proposals might therefore include explorations of:
• The overlaps between professional and personal, for instance the editorial meeting and the evening in the pub, the studio and the sitting room, colleagues and lovers.
• The everyday places of architectural and design culture including the office, the conference room, the bar; also the ordinary objects that furnish them. The ephemera of design culture – minute books, invitations, posters, leaflets, correspondence.
• The hidden processes such as meetings, minute taking, letters, telephone conversations, chats, dinners.
• The ordinary people are those not usually included in historical discourses – the intermediaries, the mediators, the anonymous editor, the secretaries, the organizers, observers and recorders. This could involve exploring the practices of biography in architectural history, asking whose stories are told and why.
The symposium will question conventional narratives of ‘greatness’, ‘genius’ and ‘the extra-ordinary’, by focusing on the commonplace and ordinary – the things behind the big names, well known faces and places of architectural and design history and practice. We welcome papers from a range of disciplines in design and architecture, including history and practice.
The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, during the academic year 2016-2017.
The Paris IAS will host around twenty guest researchers, allowing them to work freely on the project of their choice. The researchers will benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and have the opportunity to create contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.
Deadline for applications: April 30, 2015, 3:00pm (Paris time)
Applicants may request residencies for the following periods:
- 1 September 2016 to 31 January 2017 (5 months)
or - 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2017 (9 months)
or - 1 February to 30 June 2017 (5 months)
The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system (see our website http://paris-iea.fr/en/how-apply for a detailed description of the procedure). Paper or e-mail applications are not accepted.
The application consists of the following items:
• the completed application form;
• a curriculum vitae (10 pages maximum) including a list of publications and a list of the 5 publications considered as most important by the applicant;
• a detailed research proposal (25 000 characters maximum spaces included. The proposal should include :
o state of the art in the field, innovative character of the proposal
o methodology or theoretical framework
o expected outcomes
o work planning, timescales
o existing or planned scientific cooperation and contacts in France
o bibliography (books and articles cited)
• a letter of cooperation signed by a member of a university or research institution based in France. Preference will be given to projects conducted in cooperation with the partners of the IAS (Universities of Paris 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10, EHESS, EPHE, ENS Cachan, ENS, Paris, FMSH)
• a list of four topics on which the applicant could give a lecture during the fellowship
• in the case of Junior Fellows (2 to 9 years after the PhD), two letters of recommendation
• the name of three experts with whom the applicant has not collaborated in the past who could review the application
Application deadline: Thursday, April 30 2015, 3:00 pm (Paris time)
Preselection: May 2015
Final selection: November 2015
Publication of results: December 2015
Starting dates of the fellowships: September 1st 2016; October 1st 2016; February 1st 2017.
To access to the online application system: http://paris-iea.fr/en/user/register
For additional information:
About Paris IAS: http://www.paris-iea.fr/en
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An introduction to architectural photography on mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android.
When: 6:00 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 10 - 3:30 PM SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Where: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY
Friday, April 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Mobile devices have revolutionized the way we see and interact with the world. While architectural photography has traditionally been perceived as a highly technical practice requiring specialized knowledge and equipment, this is increasingly no longer the case. Anyone who carries a smart phone has the ability to produce stunning architectural images. The key to this, however, is both technique and vision.
This two part weekend seminar provides an introduction to architectural photography on mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android. Technique and vision will be developed through lessons at the Center, a guided hands-on photo-walk, and final critique.
Friday’s lecture will discuss the essentials of mobile photography, including many insider tips for addressing the specific problems and challenges that come up when shooting architecture.
Saturday morning you will go on a photo walk with the instructor to apply what you have learned with hands on assistance. In the afternoon, you will return to the Center for tutorials on post-processing techniques and a final image critique.
This class is open to the general public - no previous photographic experience necessary. Students should supply their own phone with camera.
In recent years, the material turn has led to stimulating new questions, new research areas and new research perspectives in numerous humanities and social science disciplines. The often quoted “thinking through things” is essential, especially in the area of the history of collections and museums. Nevertheless, it is astounding that numerous research themes have hardly been worked on despite the immanent connection of objects to the discipline of art history, for example, in comparison to archaeology and cultural anthropology – although such research themes form a major area of the pre-modern self-conception of the artist. Speaking of those objects of material culture representing the civic associations in crafts and business the conference seeks to make visible the system of guilds and brotherhoods in a townscape. All those objects making up this area of study play the major role here. At this conference, the term material culture of the guild and crafts system is to be understood in its broadest possible dimensions, from multi-panel altar to the simple guild cabinet storing the candles for the civic processions. Of interest are the form, effect and function of these objects in their sacred and profane surroundings.
The most important players are primarily the civic guilds. In like manner, the guild-like brotherhoods play a role, associations which looked after the social and religious matters of their guilds. In addition, the official representatives of the town could have an influence on the design of their town hall or townscape to bring the social structure of their confraternity into focus. When did it come to competing projects among the different crafts groups? To what extent was individual space guaranteed for persons to found donations? The visual artist or even the architect played a major role in the public portrayal of the guilds, but also of individual persons, and generally in the design of public space. He was the one who designed and carried out the paintings, flags, glass windows, manuscripts etc. according to the guidelines of the patrons. The artist’s craftsmanship lent glory to the guilds; his visual offerings translated the group’s will to self-portrayal into concrete visual messages. Who was responsible for the decoration of the guild rooms? Which artists were called on for these commissions, and how did they deal with each task?
The spaces where the group activities were played out could be of different kinds. The civic space formed the stage, so to speak, where the crafts associations acted on stage and where their realia were put on display. It could have been a centrally located square, the town hall, the church with various guild chapels or even the individual guild house. Along with these locatable spaces, the most diversified temporary spaces formed a major area as well: whether communal festive parades, church processions, festive ruler entrances or funeral ceremonies, the groups had to be visible as representatives of their rank. Realia such as guild candles, crafts-specific coats of arms and standards with guild motifs played an important role. The succession in which the respective group participated in a procession could also signify the status of the guild in the civic context. These were transitory processes which could be preserved in written or visual form. The guild chapels served as publically accessible areas where the confraternity could create its public image according to its own ideas.
In addition to the different players and spaces, the conference is to work out the extent to which the specific object was put to use in the pre-modern era to display splendour, to secure power but also to transfer knowledge and the extent to which the object, often robbed completely of its context, can serve today to understand the guild and crafts system. This interdisciplinary conference wishes to integrate the visual and tactile dimensions of the object as well as the questions on this topic dealing with the history of science and technology.
The conference is organised by the ERC Project artifex (www.kuenstlersozialgeschichte-trier.de/tak-sharc/artifex/) and takes place from 24-28 February 2016. We were able to secure the Central Institute for Art History in Munich as the ideal conference location. It is, after all, the seat of “Forschungsstelle Realienkunde”, which is devoted expressly to material culture in its manifold dimensions.
Conference conditions: The organiser will pay for transport and accommodations for the speakers. More detailed information will be announced following the selection of the speakers and the arrangement of the programme.
Participation requirements: A publication of the conference proceedings is planned for shortly after the conference ends. For this reason, the selected speakers are expected to have a text with footnotes, bibliography and images already prepared for publication at the time of the conference. Following the conference only a few alterations can be made to the text before the manuscript goes into print at Imhof Verlag Petersberg in the summer of 2016. Revised texts with printable images must therefore be available for the organisers at the latest on 31 March.
The talks should be 30 minutes long. We request that abstracts, no longer than one page, plus a brief CV with the most important publications be submitted to:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Tacke / Prof. Dr. Dagmar Eichberger / Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch
The 2nd Annual Urban Development Now symposium explores the relationship between urban development and capital, specifically projects in Chicago, Miami, New York, Detroit and London - cities that exhibit a paradox of significant high-end investment and simultaneous challenges in sustaining multi-class housing and cultural amenities.
What is the appropriate level of public investment in private development? What are the most critical infrastructure needs occurring alongside rampant urban development? How do resources flow from profitable development to partially subsidized development such as affordable housing, public space and cultural institutions and event space?
The symposium will explore these issues through the lens of leaders in architecture, real estate and urban development who are on the front lines of large-scale developments that engage multiple constituencies, political bodies and capital providers. The symposium will open up dialogue on the scale and pace of development in inner-cities, the role of urban infill, and the role of temporal events (art bienniales, sports events such as the World Cup and Olympics) to spur economic development. Case studies of specific urban precincts and mixed-use projects - some developed over long periods of time - will provide both an historical and contemporary perspective on new and innovative mixed-use and mixed-class development paradigms. Participants will discuss the centrality of design (architectural and urban design) in creating long-term value and in providing high-quality design using innovative financing mechanisms.
A prominent American architect of the Gilded Age, Horace Trumbauer was a native of Philadelphia. During his career, he produced more than 1,000 buildings ranging from hotels and commercial buildings to private homes, libraries, and museums. Known as a classical revivalist, his styles included Tudor, Regency, Georgian, and French Classical. Today, he is best remembered for his residential design.
Notable projects included the Harry Elkins Widener Library at Harvard University, Whitemarsh Hall, the Free Library of Philadelphia, The James B. Duke mansion (now the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), and much of Duke University. In Newport, Trumbauer designed The Elms and Clarendon Court.
Horace Trumbauer: Residential Architecture will offer a unique opportunity to examine the architect and his influence on Newport’s landscape. This third annual one-day symposium will feature lectures by architectural historians and tours of three magnificent Trumbauer buildings –Miramar and Seaweed, still both private homes, and Rough Point, the former home of heiress Doris Duke.
9 October 2015, Budapest, Hungary
The first doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).
Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2015 is the first in a series of a doctoral conference, to be organised on a yearly basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical (built and natural) environment within Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).
Those invited include doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.
We are pleased to announce the launch of
Birkbeck's Architecture, Space and Society Centre
with Jeremy Till, Central Saint Martins
speaking about 'Thick Time'
Followed by a drinks reception
Friday 13 March 2015, 6-9pm, Keynes Library, Gordon Square
This lecture will present a reading of space and time that Jeremy Till has developed in his writings. Starting with the premise that architects tend to situate their work out of time in an effort to shake off the terrors of time, the lecture will propose an alternative model. Thick time both critically gathers the past and projects the future, allowing each to loop into the other. The result is an understanding of architecture as a dynamic and contingent act.
Jeremy Till is an architect, educator and writer. He is Head of Central Saint Martins, widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London. His extensive written work includes the books Flexible Housing, Architecture Depends and Spatial Agency, all three of which won the RIBA President’s Award for Research. His teaching and research concentrates on the social and political aspects of architecture and spatial production. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects on their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street, recently flagged by the Architects Journal as the most influential house of a generation. He curated the UK Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and also at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
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The Architecture Space and Society Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre of Birkbeck College. Our dual mission is to think about architecture in wider spatial and social contexts, and to reach across time and geography to explore compelling issues concerning architecture and space from a variety of angles. The Centre has its roots in the Architecture Space and Society Network, which has organised termly symposia since 2012 on themes such as audiences, display, dissent, pain, domes and skylines. For more information on our launch and on past events see:
Celebrate small projects in a big way at AIA Chicago’s annual SMALL PROJECTS AWARDS & EXHIBIT at Architectural Artifacts. This lively event aims to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence.
The Gender Studies program at The New School presents the signature event for its yearlong theme of Feminist Technologies.
A presentation and discussion hosted by the School of Constructed Environments with design entrepreneurs who choose the autonomy of designing, producing and marketing their own designs.
New York City design studio KleinReid stands at the forefront of porcelain design. The firm's founders James Klein and David Reid, who will participate in the panel, began collaborating in 1993, creating refined vases, lighting and serveware, jewelry and limited-edition prints. Their influential atelier helped pioneer the designer/maker movement in the US and is renown for its elegant forms, dense, translucent porcelain, artisanal glazes, and fine “from scratch” craftsmanship.
Free; No tickets or reservations required.