On View> Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through July 12

The age of texting and tweeting has given more and more people a platform from which to opine, snipe, and complain about, well, everything—including architecture and development projects. Such is the backdrop for Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, an exhibition on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, July 12.

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On View> Alma Thomas: Moving Heaven & Earth, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1958–1978

Art, East, On View
Monday, May 11, 2015
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(Alma Thomas / Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

(Alma Thomas / Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

Alma Thomas: Moving Heaven & Earth, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1958–1978
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 11th Avenue at 19th Street
New York, New York
Through May 16

Focusing on the two final decades of Alma Thomas’ life, this exhibition displays the late-blooming artist’s most vibrant paintings on the monumental canvases she became celebrated for in the 1960s and ’70s. Inspired by nature, recent discoveries in the sciences, and her observation of earthly and celestial phenomena, Thomas’ experimentations with vigorous, rhythmic colors and abstraction resulted in modern art unencumbered by political and historical intentions, and vested merely in the enjoyment of art itself. This marks the second time Thomas’ work will be exhibited at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Her first show, Alma Thomas: Phantasmagoria, Major Paintings from the 1970s, was held in 2001.

 

May 15> AN’s Bill Menking talks architecture with SO-IL’s Jing Liu at designjunction

Architecture, East
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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SO-IL's Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. (Courtesy SO-IL)

SO-IL’s Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. (Courtesy SO-IL)

Designjunction a London-based showcase for cutting-edge design labels (including Decode, Muuto, Modus, and Another Country) and young and emerging designers will stage its first U.S. show on May 15th. The fair will take place at Art Beam (540 West 21st Street) and The Architect’s Newspaper will be there.

William Menking, AN‘s editor-in-chief, will interview SO-IL partner Jing Liu about the young Brooklyn firm’s growing portfolio of projects here and abroad. The breakfast-time conversation will begin at 9:00a.m. on May 15 at Art Beam and guests may RSVP at designjunction.

Eavesdrop> Stressful Recovery: As architecture work rebounds, companies are slow to re-hire

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

The new boom in architecture work has been a godsend for once-struggling firms nationwide. But there’s a downside. Offices consistently tell us that a hangover of the brutal recession is that they’re hesitant to hire large quantities of new workers, which means more work for not enough people. This, of course, means exhaustion and stress. And so we’ll dub the new economy the Nervous Breakdown Boom until we can think of something better.

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Eavesdrop> Raging River Rumors: What’s next for the Los Angeles River?

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

We’ve been collecting dribs and drabs about the next phase of development along the already booming Los Angeles River, and the next is that the LA River Revitalization Corporation—the non-profit created to oversee development around the changing waterway—is hoping to put together a dream team of architects and planners to do something ambitious. The group won’t comment on the specifics (though their last board meeting did discuss “projects, infrastructure, and investment, according to the agenda), but we’re very curious to learn more about this.

Eavesdrop> No resurrection for this near-north-side Chicago church

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

The area around Chicago’s former Cabrini-Green public housing project has been a contentious site for a long time, basically in flux since the city first started demolishing it in 1995. Despite Chicago Housing Authority moving decidedly without alacrity to redevelop much of the site, the neighborhood is changing. The latest cue? Developers plan to demolish the long-vacant St. Dominic’s Church on the corner of Locust and Sedgwick.

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Michael Graves wins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 Cooper Hewitt Design Awards

THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

The Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of its 16th annual National Design Awards. The program was launched in 2000 as part of the White House Millennium Council to “promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.” First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as the Honorary Patron for the 2015 awards that are accompanied by a series of programs, educational events, and panels.

View the winners after the jump.

Come celebrate NYCxDesign with The Architect’s Newspaper at these great Design Week events

Architecture, Art, Design
Monday, May 4, 2015
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(Courtesy NYCXDESIGN)

(Courtesy NYCXDESIGN)

AN is participating in some great events during the upcoming NYCxDesign—the city’s annual celebration of all things design. If you live in New York, or are in town from May 8–19, here are some key happenings to keep on your radar.

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If you’re in San Diego on April 30th, come meet AN’s Bill Menking at the San Diego Architectural Foundation

Architecture, Media, West
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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San Diego skyline. (Tours Departing Daily / Flickr)

San Diego skyline. (Tours Departing Daily / Flickr)

On April 30th, the San Diego Architectural Foundation will be hosting AN’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Menking for an intimate mix and mingle. The event will be held at architect Rob Quigley’s home, which he will be touring at 5:30p.m. and the mixer event will follow at 6:00p.m. Menking is looking forward to learning more about the architecture scene in San Diego, and talking to those in attendance about the work we do here at AN. If you’re in the area and interested in attending, shoot an email to info@sdarchitecture.org.

Erik L’Heureux Wins 2015 Wheelwright Prize

2015 Wheelwright Prize winner Erik L’Heureux. (Courtesy Wheelwright Prize)

2015 Wheelwright Prize winner Erik L’Heureux. (Courtesy Wheelwright Prize)

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has named Erik L’Heureux as the winner of the 2015 Wheelwright Prize. L’Heureux is an American architect and current professor at the National University of Singapore; he also heads up his own firm called Pencil Office. Along with the prestigious accolade comes a $100,000 traveling fellowship for L’Heureux to study new approaches to contemporary design for two years.

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Eavesdrop> Stiffed! The Lisbon Architecture Triennale tells its curators they won’t be paid

"Marshmallow Laser Feast" was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

“Marshmallow Laser Feast” was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

The life of an independent architecture curator is always tenuous at best. They develop a concept for an exhibit then pitch it to multiple venues in academia and museums and spend three to four years realizing the project. The financial rewards for such projects are minimal, but usually cover the curator’s costs and allow them a modicum of profit.

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Eavesdrop> Hocus Pocus: Leak in David Copperfield’s pool sends water flowing through his 57th Street penthouse

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Image courtesy Google; Montage by AN)

(Image courtesy Google; Montage by AN)

David Copperfield can saw himself in half, fly around theaters, and even make the Statue of Liberty disappear, but he cannot keep gallons of water inside his penthouse pool in Manhattan.

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