Allan Houser: A Celebration
Philbrook Museum of Art
116 East Brady Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Through November 2
Allan Houser: A Celebration is an ongoing exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa that honors the paintings and sculptures of late Native American artist Allan Houser. The exhibition commemorates Houserâ€™s 100th birthday this year and highlights his contributions to Native American painting and sculpture during his time as an active artist.
Fujiko Nakaya: Veil
Philip Johnson Glass House
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT
Through November 30
For its 65th anniversary, Philip Johnsonâ€™s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, is hosting an exhibition by Fujiko Nakaya that utilizes the historic site itself. Veil shrouds the Glass House as well as the surrounding landscape with fog by running fresh water through high-pressure pumps. The fog will be heavily released then dissipated at set time intervals to obscure the visibility of the area and create a unique experience for visitors.
Designing for Disaster
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Through August 2, 2015
The National Building Museumâ€™s newest exhibition, Designing for Disaster, will explore how communities assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies, plans, and designs that create safer, more disaster-resilient communities. The two central questions that the exhibit addresses are where and how we should build.
Sopheap Pich: A Room
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Through August 24
Among the currently running exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a bamboo installation that embodies the essence and culture of Cambodia. Entitled A Room, this brainchild of acclaimed Cambodian contemporary artist Sopheap Pich furnishes the Efroymson Family Entrance with approximately 1,200 bamboo strips. The bamboo strips, both natural and artificial, are arranged into a circular curtain that extends 40 feet from the floor to its peak. The area inside the bamboo curtain measures 26 feet in diameter and is illuminated by natural light filtered through or betweenÂ the bamboo pieces, making it an ideal location for visitorsÂ to meditate. Pich is distinguished by his consistent use of bamboo and rattan strips in his art installations. In this particular case, the light coming through the bamboo strips emulates the sensation of standing in a bamboo forestÂ in Cambodia.
No Further West:Â The Story of Los Angeles Union Station
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library
630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Through August 10
Known as the â€œLast of the Great Railway Stations,â€ Los AngelesÂ Union Station receives due recognition with the exhibition entitled No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station. Organized by the Getty Research Institute, theÂ exhibition will span from the stationâ€™s construction in 1939, when its construction became an incidental platform for racial issues of the era, to today, when it serves 60,000Â commuter passengers daily. Photographs, architectural drawings, and other archival items will all relay the storyÂ of the stationâ€™s journey from a basic transportation hub toÂ an important centerpiece of Southern California architecture. The Los Angeles Public Libraryâ€”an iconic cultural centerpieceÂ itselfâ€”hosts the exhibition until August 10.
Pompeii:Â The Exhibition
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Through January 4, 2015
Before its destruction, Pompeii was one of the mostÂ vibrant and modern cities of its time. Now on displayÂ at the California Science Center, Pompeii: the Exhibition isÂ a full-scale display of over 150 artifacts that illuminate the cityâ€™s cultural import. On loan from the Naples National Archeological Museum are garden frescoes, marble statues, and religious altars and shrines.
It is well-known that Frank Lloyd Wright was an automobile enthusiast, both foreseeing the prominence that this form of personal mobility would occupy in American life and, indeed, laying much of the foundation of how architecture might be designed for and around the car. Less-known is the fact that in 1927 he designed a gasÂ station for Buffalo, New York, which was neverÂ builtâ€”or never until very recently.
On June 26, London’s Serpentine Gallery opened its 14th annual Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, the pavilion is made up ofÂ an organically formed semi-transparent fiberglass shell structure perched atop giant boulders sourced from a local quarry. Over the next fourÂ months, visitors will be encouraged to interact with the 1,700-square-foot installation, which is occupied by a cafe and multi-purpose event space.
Inside the Palace of Fine Arts:Â Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair
Kemper Art Museum, Washington University
1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO
Through August 3
As part of STL250, a region-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University presents Inside theÂ Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair. This exhibition brings together a selection of artworks from the Museumâ€™s permanent collection that were onÂ view at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, along with related works, to explore the role of the Worldâ€™s Fair in relationÂ to local aspirations to turn the city into an internationalÂ cultural center. The show features such artists as Jean Charles Cazin, Frederic Edwin Church, Charles FranÃ§ois Daubigny, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la PeÃ±a, and Jozef IsraÃ«ls.
If you like French decorative arts you should make your way this summer to the Louvre’s newly restored and reinstalled 18th century Decorative Arts Galleries. The collection is housed in 35 galleries spanning 23,000 square feet. Over 2,000 design pieces “in object-focused galleries and period-room settings” are on display.