EVOL: Repeat Offender
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
Through May 5
While his artwork might be hanging on the walls of a gallery in Chelsea, Berlin-based street artist Evol adds a distinct element of urban grit to his used-cardboard and spray-paint stencil works now on display as part of hisÂ Repeat Offender exhibition. The incredibly detailed views capture the abandonment of low-income German neighborhoods, using the texture of the cardboard base to enhance the paintings’ architectural qualities. â€œClean surfaces donâ€™t speak to me, so recording these marks is a process of visually remembering the charm of a place that will soon be painted over,â€ Evol said in a statement.Â Besides his cardboard paintings, Evol is also showing paintings on metal and photographs on his 2009 installation from a slaughterhouse in Dresden, Germany.
Newly Drawn: Emerging Finnish Architects
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
Through April 30
A shift is occurring in Finnish architecture as a new generation of firms is emboldened by a unique competition culture that allows anonymous submissions from young and established architects alike. Helsinki is undergoing a major process of renewal with the transformation of former industrial and harbor areas to new uses; as such, large-scale commissions are available to otherwise inexperienced practices with new approaches to the city, such as Kilden Performing Arts Center by ALA Architects (above) and Kuokkala Church by Lassila Hirvilammi (below).
Robert Adams: The Place We Live
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Through June 3
In his 45 years photographing the American West, Robert Adams has documented the evolution of landscape and our relationship to it. In response to the rapid development of his surroundings in Colorado Springs and Denver, Adams began photographing a landscape marked by tract housing, highways, and gas stations. His photographs, Adams says, â€œdocument a separation from ourselves, and in turn from the natural world that we professed to love.â€ Nearly 300 prints showcase Adamsâ€™ career, from his early shots of Coloradoâ€™s desolate terrain to his recent works documenting migrating birds in the Pacific Northwest, with special focus on his portrayal of the Los Angeles region.
Fred Sandback: Decades
525 West 19th Street
Through April 21
The drawings and sculptures of Fred Sandback are the subject of a new exhibition at New Yorkâ€™s David Zwirner gallery. The projects are arranged by decades, representing distinct periods in the artistâ€™s career, spanning the years 1969 to 2000. Sandback created minimalist sculptures out of simple materials in response to the architecture of specific interiors. Installations made from thin lengths of material redefine spaces, creating objects and planes by simply implying their outlines. On display are early works from the 1960s made of metal wire and cord, permutational works of the â€™70s, and reliefs and site-specific projects from his late career. Drawings are included, like 16 Variationen von 2 Diagonalen Linien 1972 (above), plus the Zwirner gallery has reconstructed the interiors of Galerie Heiner Friedrich, the Munich space for which many of Sandbackâ€™s works were designed. A rare copper wire sculpture, Proposal for Heiner Friedrich, Munich, Six Rectangles, Copper Wire (Sculptural Study), spans three rooms and is a highlight of the show.
Heather Hart: The Eastern Oracle
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Through June 24
For the fourth exhibition in its Raw/Cooked series displaying the work of budding Brooklyn artists, the Brooklyn Museum presents an installation by Heather Hart. Occupying the museumâ€™s fifth-floor rotunda, the installation will consist of a single rooftop that lies flat on the ground, without walls and outside its original context. As Hart describes it: â€œA rooftop can refer to home, stability, or shelter, but in this context, it is also an action of reclaiming power.â€ The roof makes specific reference to the oldest architecture in the museumâ€™s period room collectionâ€”the Jan Martense Schenck House, built in 1676, the second-oldest Dutch-American building in Brooklyn. Visitors are encouraged to physically interact with the structure, fulfilling Hartâ€™s intention to create a place of self-reflection and self-empowerment.
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Retrospective
6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Through April 25
At age 22, Pedro E. Guerrero made a spontaneous visit to Taliesin West to meet Frank Lloyd Wright; upon seeing his portfolio Wright immediately gave Guerrero the position of principal photographer. Guerreroâ€™s relationship with Wright would define his career; nearly all publications about Wright include his work. Moving to New York, Guerrero went on to work for journals including Architectural Record and Vogue, documenting the works of modernists like Saarinen and Breuer. His photography approaches architecture as sculpture, displaying an eye for composition and form that led to close personal and working relationships with Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit
Mark Miller Gallery
92 Orchard Street
Through April 29th, 12-6pm
The team of innovators continues to push forward with aÂ proposal for the Delancey Underground, transforming an underground trolley terminal into a public park for Manhattanâ€™s Lower East Side. An exhibit detailing the proposal for the so-called â€œLow Lineâ€ will be running throughout April at the Mark Miller Gallery. The show entitled Let There Be Light was organized by Delancey Underground co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barasch in an effort to engage the public directly with the ideas and innovations underpinning the project.
Urban Visions: American Works on Paper, 1900-1950
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Through September 30
An upcoming exhibition at The Indianapolis Museum of Artâ€™s Alliance Gallery will explore the ways in which artists dealt with the rise of industrial modernization and urbanity. In the first half of the 20th century, rapidly changing cities served as inspiration for new portrayals of human expression within these new environments. â€œThe spectacle of metropolitan lifeâ€ is presented through 25 works from IMAâ€™s print collection, including lithographs, etchings, and engravings from well-known artists such as George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Isabel Bishop. The exhibition will display the art alongside vintage construction photos from the Chicago and New York skyscraper boom, providing context for these early interpretations of the city. Pieces from lesser-known artist and architect Gerald Kenneth Geerlings, whoseÂ aquatinted technical drawings of the emerging cityscape highlight the juxtaposition of emotional romanticism and technological progress, will be on display at IMA for the first time since 1970.
Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945â€“1980)
The Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles St., Los Angeles
Through June 3
As part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the Chinese American Museum presents Breaking Ground to showcase the pioneering contributions made by four Southern Californiaâ€“based Chinese American architects. These architects, Eugene K. Choy, Gilbert Leong, Helen Liu Fong, and Gin Wong, all made contributions to the development of postwar California architecture, from Choy and Leongâ€™s playful Chinatown Modernism to Wongâ€™s radical masterplan for LAX and Fongâ€™s development of the Googie style (think neon signage and cantilevered boomerang-shaped roofs). Original and reproduced photographs, blueprints, renderings, and drawings of works by the architects areÂ on display, including original photographs by architectural photographer Julius Shulman (above, The Choy House).
Architecture in the Expanded Field
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
1111 8th St., San Francisco
Through April 7
Theorist and critic Rosalind Kraussâ€™s 1979 text â€œSculptureÂ in the Expanded Fieldâ€ attempts to identify the scope of sculpture in a time when artists were redefining its traditional limits to include considerations of architecture, landscape, and space. The Wattis attempts a similar redefinition of the field of architecture; installations explore material, spatial, and perceptual concerns with emerging experimental technologies outside the limits of traditional architectural practice. A full-scale installation within and outside of the gallery transports visitors into the immersive environment, while a surface component presents the mapped expanded field of architectural installation.
City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952â€“1982
Through May 5
Change: Baghdad, 2000â€“Present
Through June 23
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
Two complimentary exhibits at the Center for Architecture capture an aspirational past and equally ambitious present in the Middle East. City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952â€“1982 shows a flourishing cosmopolitan city thatâ€”whatever the regimeâ€”commissioned an impressive array of international design talent for much of the last century resulting in an architecture combing modernist ideas with interpretations of the local climate and culture. Through models and drawings, including Walter Gropius and Hisham A. Munirâ€™s campus building (top) at the University of Baghdad, rather than photographs in order to emphasize the optimistic intentions of the period, City of Miracles sheds light onÂ a significant but rarely seen corner of global modernism. CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000â€“Present surveys 123 contemporary works from 20 countries in the wider Middle East, including Asymptote and Dewan Architectsâ€™ Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi (above), gathered through an open call for submissions. The impact of rapid growth and instant globalization is evident through supertalls, man-made islands as well as UNESCO monument sites under siege.
Sarah Morris: Points on a Line
The Wexner Center
1871 North High Street
Through April 15
Points On A Line, a 2010 film by artist Sarah Morris, takes two iconic buildings as its central characters, Mies van der Roheâ€™s Farnsworth House in Illinois and Philip Johnsonâ€™s Glass House in Connecticut (above). Commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns both properties, the film is a meditation on the relationship between the buildingsâ€”Johnson, an acolyte of Mies and inspired by Farnsworth drawings, happened to complete his New Canaan house firstâ€”and the structures as they exist today. But it is the relationship of the architects themselves that becomes Morrisâ€™ narrative thread, serving as a springboard to explore their other architectural overlap: Johnsonâ€™s glamorized corporate interiors for the Four Seasons, the power-broker restaurant in the base of the Mies-designed Seagram building in Manhattan. Points on A Line underscores how our perception of a space is affected not just by its design but also its mythology.