We’ve all heard a lot about “smart cities” and “responsive architecture,” by what about architecture that tells secrets? Murmur Wall, designed by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno of the experimental design practice Future Cities Lab, does just that. The pair describes their site-specific installation at the main entrance to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in as “artificially intelligent architecture.”
Detroit florist Lisa Waud wants to give abandoned homes in her city a chance to bloom once more before they are demolished. Her project, The Flower House, had its trial run this month, when the Huffington Post reported she leaned out the second-story window of an abandoned house overlooking a Detroit freeway, and sprinkled white flower petals on spectators gathered below.
An experimental exhibition titled “Cumulus: An Interactive Exhibition of Light and Sound” will open on Monday May 18, at the RAB Gallery in Chelsea. Created by the studio SOFTlab, the installation is inspired by the “complex geometries and deliberate yet erratic behavior of lighting” and intends to replicate “naturally occurring optical effects using both LED lighting and digital technology.” The exhibit runs through July 3rd but on May 18, the exhibit’s curator Karen Bookatz will interrogate SOFTlab’s Michael Szivos and she promises spirits and great views on RAB’s’s roof top for all in attendance. The event runs from 6:30 and 8:30 at 532 W 24th Street. For more information, call (888) RAB-1000 or visit RAB Gallery’s website.
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.
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.
Tribeca’s R & Company gallery at 82 Franklin Street is highlighting two Brazilian greats: Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) and Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994). But act fast! Furniture by Bo Bardi and tapestries by Burle Marx are on display through the end of this week—the exhibit closes April 30.
Silver Lake’s so-called Bates Motel—it’s actually the soon-to-be-demolished Sunset Pacific Motel—is in the process of getting whitewashed with lime wash as part of French artist Vincent Lamouroux’s installation, Projection. The undertaking, which opens to the public on Sunday and lasts for two weeks, was sponsored and organized by downtown LA gallery Please Do Not Enter. AN West Coast Editor Sam Lubell talked with Lamouroux to get the scoop on his ambitious urban piece.
What do you do if you have an array of 26 show-worthy Italian motorcycles? Hopefully what designer, artist manager, and film producer Stuart Parr did. He paired up with real estate magnate Aby Rosen—no stranger to art and relatively fresh off his kerfuffle with the Picasso tapestry, L’Affaire Tricorne. Together they are using an empty space—the ground floor at 285 Madison Avenue—to display the high-design bikes publicly.
Urbanism From Within
654 Mission Street, San Francisco
Through May 1st
There’s a little over a week left at the exhibition Urbanism From Within put on by the San Francisco Planning & Urban Renewal Association (SPUR), so head over and brace yourself for some captivating research, drawings and peep-show high-jinks along the downtown Mission corridor.
Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through April 26
Gregory Ain was a pioneer in the development of low-cost modern housing, and many of his efforts fused radical, left-wing politics and cooperative living with architecture. And a new exhibit in Los Angeles spotlights five of the architect’s most innovative housing projects.
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.