Performances rule the day at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

We Know How to Order by Bryony Roberts and the South Shore Drill Team (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

We Know How to Order by Bryony Roberts and the South Shore Drill Team (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

Performance has been the breakout surprise of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. While many of the works inside the Chicago Cultural Center grapple with issues of urbanism, politics, and the resonances of Modernism (especially Mies’ oversized presence in the city) in contemporary culture, the three performances included in the opening weekend program address and embody what is at stake. Read More

First Look> Inside the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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The Chicago Cultural Center (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

The Chicago Cultural Center with The Cent Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and IIT.(Mimi Zeiger/AN)

AN got a firsthand look at some of the projects inside the Chicago Cultural Center, many of which are juxtaposed across media, scale, and intellectual territory.

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Maxwell Anderson steps down as Director of Dallas Museum of Art for New Cities Foundation

Art, Shft+Alt+Del, Southwest
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Wikipedia)

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

After serving for almost four years, Maxwell Anderson has resigned from his post as Director at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) so he can focus on his new venture, New Cities Foundation in New York City.

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On View> MoMA presents “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen.

A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen. (Courtesy MoMA, Preston Scott Cohen)

Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture
Museum of Modern Art
The Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery
11 West 53rd Street, New York
Through March 6, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art pays homage to the single-family home in Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, a rich exhibition comprised of photographs, drawings, video, installations, and architectural models from MoMA’s collection.

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Snøhetta’s exhibit at Berlin’s Aedes explores natural light and human habitat in Norway

Art, International, On View
Friday, September 25, 2015
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(Courtesy Aedes)

(Courtesy Aedes)

The current focus on research in architectural practice normally means thinking out the design and materials of an upcoming project or a prototype for a hoped-for commission. But when Norwegian and American firm Snøhetta was given the chance to do a research project by the Zumtobel Group they created Living The Nordic Light, and it became an exhibition at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum.

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Philadelphia welcomes Pope Francis with a knotty art installation

Art, East
Friday, September 25, 2015
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(Courtesy @faitphillyours Twitter)

(Faith Philly / Twitter)

A local Philadelphia artist has been commissioned to re-interpret a Baroque painting of the Virgin Mary, commonly known as “Mary The Untier Of Knots.” The piece that was originally painted by Georg Melchior Schmidtner in the 1700s is apparently among Pope Francis’ favorite works of art.

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On View> “Streamlines” sculptures and performances stoke climate conversations in southern Indiana

Art, Midwest, On View, Sustainability
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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"Streamlines" begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

“Streamlines” begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

Art has washed up on the banks of southern Indiana‘s White River. Converging south of Indianapolis near Columbus, Indiana, the river’s two forks draw from a series of small tributaries, which an artist working with grant money from the National Science Foundation has chosen as the setting for an interactive public art series meant to provoke discussions on water, environment, and climate.

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On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

The South Street Seaport fetes its new Cultural District with exhibits curated by James Sanders

Art, Development, East, On View, Preservation
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters, a site specific installation at the South Street Seaport (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters, a site specific installation at the South Street Seaport (Audrey Wachs / AN)

On September 17th, New York artists, architects, and designers gathered in lower Manhattan to celebrate the newly anointed South Street Seaport Culture District.

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Gluckman Tang’s $24 million renovation of the Staten Island Museum opens after a decade

Architecture, Art, East, Interiors, Preservation
Friday, September 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

(Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Ten years in the making, the renovation of one of Staten Island‘s oldest buildings—part of the Staten Island Museum expansion—is finally complete. Well, almost.

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Watch giant sushi float down a Japanese river in Osaka

Art, International, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

(Courtesy RollingSushi / Instagram)

The installation known as Rolling Sushi and part of the Osaka Canvas Project arts festival involves five oversized pieces of sushi floating down a local waterway as if it were the conveyor belt at a local restaurant. All aboard the sushi train?

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Behind the Veil: The Broad opens September 20

Architecture, Art, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

When The Broad opens to the public on September 20, Angelenos will finally get to see how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design compliments philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s powerhouse collection of 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in their eponymous museum. Works by Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman will hang in the 35,000-square-foot, column-free gallery space lit by some 300 skylights.

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