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Artist Eero Saarinen’s list of his wife’s good qualities, ca. 1954, from the Lists, to-dos and illustrated inventories of great artists.
First he recognized that she was very clever. Makes you wonder what first impression you make.
This video vignette by Kontent Partners is a trailer for the Tom Kundig hardware line produced in partnership between 12th Avenue Iron and Olson Kundig Architects. Warning: It may whet your appetite for some Kundig houses. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Theater of Architecture Discussion
Hugh Hardy, Jim Houghton, Charles Renfro, Michael Sorkin
Introduced by Joe Melillo
A discussion on the occasion of the publication of Hugh Hardy’s book Theater of Architecture, which uses a variety of his projects to explore his thesis that the profession of architecture’s “true strength lies in the building of communities… by enhancing experience.” This panel will use the experiential aspects of theater design as a starting point for a discussion of architecture in the broadest sense, particularly the use of public space.
Hugh Hardy is the founder of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.
Jim Houghton is the founding artistic director of Signature Theatre Company in New York.
Charles Renfro is a principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Michael Sorkin is a critic, author, and founder of Michael Sorkin Studio. Sorkin is also the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York.
Joe Melillo is the executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 pm
BAM Fisher Hillman Studio
321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
Tickets available here.
(pictured: Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; photo: Durston Saylor)
1. John Baeder’s “Gas, Food, and Lodging”
The painter John Baeder collected real-photo and linen paper postcards of gas stations, restaurants and motels at a time when other collectors ignored them as worthy subjects. Such was Baeder’s interest that postcard dealers at the shows he frequented created a category for him that has since become the norm: Roadside. Here is one of his favorites in a chrome card, which he might have published had he pursued his interest into the high-gloss 1960s.
2. The revival of Federal architecture and design à la Mission ’66
After the debacle of the Park Service’s demolition of Richard Neutra’s Gettysburg Visitor Center, the recent renovation of the administration building at the National Arboretum off Bladensburg Road in Washington, D.C., gives one hope. The building floats above a shallow black-bottom pond, whose renovation is to be completed next year. As I write this, the news has come that the Arboretum’s buildings and grounds will close Tues–Thurs for the sequester.
3. Artist George Sánchez-Calderón
In 2001 Sánchez-Calderón installed a Villa Savoye replica under a freeway in downtown Miami—a temporary public art project that proved so popular with the highway department and everyone else that it stayed up for three years. The city of Bal Harbour recently commissioned Sánchez-Calderón to commemorate its postwar past with a reflective sculpture erected on the site of Morris Lapidus’s late Americana hotel. Entitled Pax Americana, the installation included a replica Levittown house, homage to the modest frame and shingle homes that once dominated the area as housing for war workers.
4. The outdoor flea markets of Adamstown, Pa.
These markets never disappoint as places to see people—and their things.
5. The renovation of the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries building
The repetitious pattern of the building’s four main exhibit halls, connecting ranges, balconies and towers becomes even more disorienting when stripped down to its structural essentials. Taking the tour through the scaffolding made me nostalgic for boyhood trips to the old museum to get happily lost in the nation’s attic.
Remember that summer abroad when you couldn’t get enough of those kaleidoscopic vaults? Well, how’s this for a flashback? Plus, we saved you from laying down on the floor.
Rafael Guastavino and his talented family are finally getting the attention they deserve. NPR just posted an excellent story about the remarkable built legacy of the Guastavino clan on the occasion of the opening of the National Building Museum’s new exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces. It’s curated by MIT professor John Ochsendorf, the author of our epic monograph Guastavino Vaulting. John sums it up nicely in a video on the National Building Museum website: “In whatever city you’re in you can almost certainly find a significant building with Gustavino vaulting.” May we suggest you start with a late-afternoon lunch at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal? Celebrate the100th anniversary of that classic publishing and Mad Men haunt with Oysters Rockefeller and an Old Fashioned!
1. The elusive and ephemeral nature of Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
For me this is particularly poignant around Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (April 13) with the appearance of twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), which blooms a pure and momentary white before disappearing into the greening forested slopes. Likewise with morels (Morchella) which appear, after a rain, about a week later, and are gone just as quickly and mysteriously. I am also forever enamored with the way the shad blow through during this same brief time period.
2. Flora of Virginia, 2012
A massive ten-year undertaking by a crew of truly dedicated botanists and illustrators, with contributions from a wide range of professional and amateur naturalists. All the more remarkable in that is only the second such Flora (of Virginia)—the first since John Clayton’s effort in the 1700s. Oh, and I love that one of our many spring ephemerals—Spring Beauty—is named for him (Claytonia virginica). Behind every seemingly obscure latin name is a fascinating botanical/cultural story.
3. Wendell Berry, past, present, and future
I never tire of his writings, from the first one I discovered in 1971—Farming: A Handbook—a book of poems that includes one that I always find myself returning to: “A Standing Ground,” to, more recently, “A Timbered Choir,” and most recently his Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, “It All Turns on Affection,” delivered last year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
4. The locavore and sustainable farming movement
Whether we are talking about Slow Food, Michael Pollen’s insights, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, or just the incredible burst of energy in the number and quality of locally-sourced farmer’s markets and restaurants throughout the country, this is one of the most hopeful and life-affirming developments to take hold in the past few years. Check out Relay Foods and the Allegheny Mountain School for a few recent variations on this theme.
5. The Albrecht Durer exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in DC (March 24 – June 9, 2013)
I haven’t yet seen this show, but am so looking forward to it. Durer was probably the first serious artist I ever studied. His work was seminal, particularly in his choice to study and depict commonplace phenomena and elements. And it endures in its power and influence.
Guastavino Vaulting | Lecture & Exhibition
Lecture with author John Ochsendorf
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM
New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces
Exhibition through January 20, 2014
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C
2013 AIGA Medal Winners and PAPress
Over the years, we have been honored to collaborate with many of the world’s most talented designers and design thinkers. We are thrilled that this year the American Institute of Graphic Arts has chosen to recognize three of them with their highest honor—the AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement and design innovation. Our sincerest congratulations go out to Lucille Tenazas (Animal Logic, Casa Alta – designer), Jessica Helfand (Screen, Reinventing the Wheel – author, designer) and Bill Drentell (Mysteries of the Rectangle – designer, co-publisher). We look forward to working with all of you again in the future!
For the just released Theater of Architecture, Hugh Hardy reflects on his design philosophy and how it has informed high profile projects from the restoration of Radio City Music Hall and the BAM Harvey Theater to the addition of The Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center.
The trailer was created by James Willeford of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. Four brief excerpts spotlighting individual projects can be found on our Vimeo site.
The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition based on our book Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has landed at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art.
Lists celebrates an ordinary document—the list—as a key to the lives of some of the most celebrated artists of the last two centuries. The exhibition presents nearly 80 lists, from “to-dos” and grocery lists to painting inventories and pedagogical tenets. Pictured above are Adolf Konrad, packing list, 1962–1963 and Oscar Bluemner list of works of art, May 18, 1932.
RISD Museum of Art, 224 Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island
Ends June 16
Again and again, Korab adds texture to the modernist monuments by not editing nature out. On the opposite page from Wayne State is a shot of Mies ven der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments (1951) in the snow. His quote: “It was a wet, snowy day, the there were these beautiful tailfins of a Cadillac in the foreground, with the parking meter … it all acts as a counterpoint to the regularity of Mies’s architecture.”
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