What do you do if a building is slated for demolition? If youâ€™re the artist Doug Aitken and the building is your gallery, you devise a â€œtime-based destruction installation.â€ Which is precisely what Aitken, who is known for wrapping the facade of the Hirschhorn Museum in with a 360-degree video installation to the tune of â€œI Only Have Eyes For You,â€ installing a video “land art” installation on the Seattle Art Museum, and the video â€œSleepwalkersâ€ projected on the facades of MoMA, â€œa cinematic art experience that directly integrates with the architectural fabric of the city while simultaneously enhancing and challenging viewersâ€™ perceptions of public spaceâ€ did.
Curbed directed us to a travesty in the Village today, albeit an unsurprising one. It appears NYU, in constructing a new building for the law school, damaged the shell of the Provincetown Playhouse, which it had promised to preserve. We say this is unsurprising because, as we recall and Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation again confirmed, this is precisely what preservationists feared would happen. Read More