On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon
In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.
You’ll want to stop by the Dia in New York City to see LaMonte Young’s “truly immersive” Dream House
In New York in the 1960s and ’70s, a movement against pictorial, illusionistic, or fictive art began to favor more direct and literal figurations. This movement—now called Minimalism by many—was often spatial in nature as it was drawn on flat surfaces, sculpted, and displayed in white box galleries.
In an essay in the latest Art Forum magazine, architect Rem Koolhaas focuses his current research on what he calls the “new, networked technologies that are transforming the way we experience space and time,” and, he said, “seem resolutely intangible, a universe apart from bricks and mortar.”
Jean Prouvé rocks! He was a designer with a sharp, clear idea of what he hoped to achieve and the ability to clearly make his point with modern materials and simple plans. If you have an all-steel pavilion with large, inoperable panes of sheet glass then open the wall instead. In his 1956 temporary School of Villejuif, for example, he did just this with aluminum wall sections featuring round holes and a sheet-metal covering to open and close the wall.
Henry Urbach, Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, since 2012, has left the National Trust Historic site. Urbach came to the house from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He departed that job in 2011, in part to pursue a research project on the Johnson house, which he classified as “as a laboratory for curatorial experimentation.”
Gaetano Pesce is a designer who works between art and architecture and wants his designs to attack or argue against the results of standardized commercial design. He uses poetry, sometimes humor, color, and texture (in foam, resin, and urethane ) to create whimsical chairs, couches, and domestic art for gallery spaces.
Political action and its relationship to the printed page is the subject of an afternoon event at Columbia University on Friday, March 27, at 12:00 p.m. Three young architecture historians—Samuel Johnson, Simon Sadler, Meredith TenHoor—will present their research on artists, architects, and other creatives who use the printed page as a platform to advance positions in both thought and design. Felicity Scott of Columbia will respond and discuss how print becomes a site of spatial politics. The event will take place in GSAPP’s Ware Lounge. More info here.
Why is Paul Rudolph—like much of Brutalism—so unloved by officialdom? His Orange County Government in Goshen, New York has been under threat of demolition by local government for several years. Now an elegant canopy the architect designed and built in 196o for Sarasota High School in Florida may also end up in a local landfill.
What do the English have against works produced by members of the Independent Group? The loose post–World War II group of artists, architects, writers, and critics produced public art, gallery installations, and even architecture. On this side of the Atlantic we always think the Brits save their landmarks—unlike the American tendency to tear them down before they can be landmarked.
A new online text, Black Lives Matter, launched on March 10th on the architecture history and theory website Aggregate. The idea was created and edited by Meredith Tenhoor and Jonathan Massey and attempts, they claim, to “put architectural history and urban research in service of the Black Lives Matter movement.” The essays in the online journal aim to explain the architectural and urban origins of the present crisis in this country. Further, they analyze how architecture and urban research can help us find ways out of the predicament, and explore how to develop black aesthetics in architecture.