Everything Loose Will Land
4 West Burton Place, Chicago
ThroughÂ July 26
Everything Loose Will Land explores the intersection of art and architecture in Los Angeles during the 1970s. The showâ€™s title refers to a Frank Lloyd Wright quote that if you â€œtip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.â€ This freeness alludes to the fact that this dislodging did not lead to chaos but rather a multidisciplinary artistic community that redefined LA.
Bernard Tschumiâ€™s first project in Italy appears to be on holdâ€”if it is not dead altogether. The regional Superintendence for Architecture and Landscape Heritage has blocked plans for the architect’s cultural center, calledÂ â€œANIMAâ€, which was scheduled to open in Grottammare in 2017. The announcement about the planâ€™s fate was made the same day a retrospective on Tschumiâ€™s work opened at the Pompidou Center in Parisâ€”a retrospective that includes ANIMA, which stands for arts, nature, music, action.
Decon Artists: Wigley, Tschumi, Eisenman Reflect on MoMA’s Landmark “Deconstructivist Architecture” Exhibit
On January 22, Mark Wigley, Bernard Tschumi, and Peter Eisenman took the stage in MoMAâ€™s theater to reflect upon Deconstructivist Architecture, the landmark 1988 exhibit curated by Wigley and Philip Johnson. The press release at the time described the featured architectsâ€”including Coop Himmelblau, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Daniel Libeskind, along with Tschumi and EisenmanÂâ€”as â€œobsessed with diagonals, arcs, and warped plans.â€
In a where-are-they-now moment, Wigley said, â€œIt occurred to me that only Daniel Libeskind thought the show was about the future, and he still seems to be designing for the show, and that seems to be not a good idea.â€ And the sniping didnâ€™t stop there. Eisenman, despite refusing to hold the microphone to his mouth, could be overheard saying what kind of exhibit he wouldâ€”or rather, wouldnâ€™tâ€”do, if given the chance: â€œWell, it wouldnâ€™t be like the biennale of last fall, which was sort of a discount supermarket of everything that was going.â€ â€œIncluding you,â€ zinged Wigley.
The Woolworth Building just a few short blocks from Zuccotti Parkâ€”the spiritual home of the Ocuppy movementâ€”was itself bathed in radical red last night to celebrate the iconic “red” work of Barbara Krueger and Bernard Tschumi. The two celebrated figures were being honored by the Storefront for Art and Architecture at their annual Spring fundraiser.
Update (4/21/10): Three more firms have been confirmed: Snohetta, Rafael ViÃ±oly, and L.A.’s Frederick Fisher. This is shaping up to be a pretty diverse crew.
The SF Chronicle reports that the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive has sent out letters to ten architecture firms, asking them to submit qualifications to design their new home. Â Adding to the three that have already been sussed out (Bernard Tschumi, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, and Will Bruder), we have confirmed a fourth: Ann Beha, whose Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire has been well-received. Read More
Just when we thought the season of giving was behind us, Bernard Tschumi has brought out one last gift for MoMA. The architect announced yesterday that he would donate 43 of his fatherâ€™s architectural drawings to the museum, making it the only non-European institution with a collection of Jean Tschumi originals. Read More