Archinect - News 2014-09-17T09:38:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:49:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/963100a38d08759b517e56e9870dd5b7.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108715365/articulating-space-the-architecture-of-the-s-o-paulo-biennial Articulating Space: The Architecture of the São Paulo Biennial Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T14:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eb1bd65343bed480b23786b8bf8ee2.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial, which opened on September 6, is traditionally a contemporary art festival, but this year&rsquo;s event puts new emphasis on architecture. Chief curator Charles Esche commissioned nearly 70 percent of the exhibition&rsquo;s artworks, collaborating with a five-person curatorial team that included an architect for the first time in the biennial&rsquo;s 63-year history (fun fact: it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s second-oldest contemporary art biennial).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108715362/toronto-set-to-unveil-first-museum-of-islamic-culture-in-north-america Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T19:01:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47099616dae13a17178c135eac48e08b.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Aga Khan Museum, which opens Sept. 18, offers a welcome antidote to these clich&eacute;s through art that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Islamic world. The building&rsquo;s architect, Fumihiko Maki of Japan, has used geometric patterns inspired by the great mosques of classical Islam, repeating them in the inlaid floor of the courtyard, etched glass, and wood screens in the auditorium.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District? Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:49:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/9377adb45a5e137edfa9abe37dda857e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of where the University of Pennsylvania transformed its surroundings, and amid Drexel University&rsquo;s big expansion plans, one Drexel school is looking for ways to coalesce that West Philly arts community. Mantua, long challenged by poverty, population decline and crime, has had a higher profile in the past year due to its Promise Zone designation and the raved-about art project, Funeral for a Home.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108175673/louvre-director-plans-its-grand-revamp Louvre director plans its grand revamp Alexander Walter 2014-09-04T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhhl4iv11enjqpdi.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean-Luc Martinez, who was promoted to the directorship of the Mus&eacute;e du Louvre last year, is proposing the most ambitious renovation of the Paris museum since the Grand Louvre project of the 1980s. [...] Planning the museum&rsquo;s comprehensive renovation began in June and work is due to start on the main entrance this month. [...] Martinez also plans to devote 1,500 sq. m of space to major temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall, which is beneath the museum&rsquo;s I.M. Pei-designed entrance pyramid.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107715658/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-art-chitecture-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Art-chitecture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-08-29T14:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T15:08:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w4cozzycgxhps8o7.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/art-chitecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Art-chitecture</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bxzp7e5og5ihub4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation/project/collapse-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collapse Construction</a> in Los Angeles, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formation Association</a> in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus; Photo: Hammer Museum</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apwu38wiqgvoe7pv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; From "<a href="http://archinect.com/mmcglynn/project/personal-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Personal Work</a>" by <a href="http://archinect.com/mmcglynn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan McGlynn</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3j6fuqqhgbxq35hi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/jfbautista/project/2014-empty-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Empty Architecture</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/jfbautista" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. F. Bautista</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/neindqoos17mb0fc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; From "<a href="http://archinect.com/christophercalexander/project/selected-artwork" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selected Artwork</a>" by <a href="http://archinect.com/christophercalexander" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Alexander</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vn/vn2gi19hmw6vo0i8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/DimitraTampaki/project/google-campus-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOOGLE CAMPUS project</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/DimitraTampaki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimitra Tampaki</a> in cooperation with Irem Dokmeci, Dimitra Pavlakou, Angel Tenorio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqh2agisyh7dpy5d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/38038465/the-chair-pavilion/92320407" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chair Pavilion</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gmd9am4xzdefydl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/fei_alexeli/project/cable-car-project-in-wengen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cable car project in Wengen</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/fei_alexeli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fei Alexeli</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruuawqxyk9xcmvlr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aimilios/project/vista-initiation-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vista Initiation 12</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/aimilios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aimilios Davlantis Lo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19po3bxmhdzo9pl9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/nurhangokturk/project/drawings-on-john-cage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drawings on John Cage</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/nurhangokturk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nurhan Gokturk</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/angelbeale/project/illustration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illustration</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/angelbeale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angel Beale</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117299/archinect-pinterest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click her...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107657832/moca-announces-new-performance-festival-for-downtown-la MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T21:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zlrl4joyjcvc6bz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director,&nbsp;Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum &nbsp;to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/24/entertainment/la-et-cm-deitch-moca-20130725" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contended</a> that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/jeffrey-deitch-leaves-moca-jerry-saltz.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned</a> from the museum board.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yx2q2a5t6vcabu.jpg"></p><p>MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MOCATV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOCAtv</a> showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by <a href="http://thejogging.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jogging</a> or <a href="http://edfornieles.com/front2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed Fornieles</a>. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T16:49:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d50368d32ac7d0b10491dbf11eb21a8.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Korean government has approved plans by two Norwegian artists to open an art academy in the country. Henrik Placht and Morten Traavik travelled to North Korea together for the first time in August to flesh out the proposal and to look for potential sponsors. So far they have received financial support from the Prince Claus Fund. [...] &ldquo;One of the reasons for us going to North Korea is that we don&rsquo;t believe in sanctions and the boycott of art,&rdquo; Placht tells The Art Newspaper.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107562227/hunts-point-memories-of-the-future Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:31:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/874e68e79d098211b58bf25adb5bf113.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107410034/the-outlaw-instagrammers-of-new-york-city The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/js11b4alvgpoc05p.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There has long been a subculture of so-called &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo; who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. [...] Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they&rsquo;ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point. The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in Russia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46831485/skywalking-hacking-architecture-in-russia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406006/an-exhibit-as-vast-as-the-world An Exhibit as Vast as the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/5955fccc45c537361d9d080c93cc5947.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I can&rsquo;t think of a more fitting a place for an exhibition of art and representation that aims to capture the breadth of the world than the Queens Museum. [...] The title of Bringing the World into the World, on view through October 12th, is inspired by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti&rsquo;s assertion that art and the world contain and are contained by each other. As conceived, the exhibition couldn&rsquo;t happen properly anywhere else.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87131874/the-queens-museum-has-reopened-after-a-69-million-renovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queens Museum has reopened after a $69 million renovation</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5175f031ae94c4f7a3b3852f7df5b52.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>5 Pointz, New York City&rsquo;s &ldquo;graffiti mecca,&rdquo; is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive residential condo complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107098607/is-there-a-future-for-miami-s-museum-of-contemporary-art Is there a future for Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art? Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:53:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccd0beb8e6bdb886b88a221d62c977de.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The difficulties faced by Moca in North Miami in recent years highlight the changing cultural landscape of Miami. Moca was once one of a very few contemporary art institutions in the wider metropolis, but it has faced increasing competition for resources and support in recent years. [...] The suit cites Art Basel Miami Beach and Pamm as posing &ldquo;new challenges to the relevancy and reputation of Moca&rsquo;s permanent art collection.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107093782/rubber-duckie-you-make-globalization-so-much-fun Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:54:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fcc877b8a71ee702c831124ff3cbb65.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=197" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hofman's website</a>, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, S&atilde;o Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42b822e0c1117ec8010ae5bfe1338f75.jpg"></p><p>Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones&nbsp;&mdash; un...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed' Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rt/rtsuuy4dsr6bm0tv.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Olafur Eliasson has tried something else. For his latest site-specific project, which opens on 20 August, the artist has transformed the entire south wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark into a convincing riverbed &ndash; a messy, stony accumulation of sedimentary rock and watery channels that threatens to silt up the white space of the gallery entirely. The result is an uncanny collision of manmade and natural views, and a Sublime reminder of the slow power of nature to erode [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094093/zipper-fastened-kaleidoscopic-architecture Zipper-fastened kaleidoscopic architecture Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T13:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73a3da8515021e2d817626a412902eca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The installation you see above is a project by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki called "Wink," their entry into Kobe Biennial's Art Container Contest. The kaleidoscope concept uses mirrors (in keeping with Sir David Brewster's classic), but is also held together by zippers. Shirane and Miyazaki claim this makes it the first "architecture" based on zippers; proving you can create an adaptable, reconfigurable space using the same tech found in your pants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T13:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b49c73c84da999ee712947c21359e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cuba is in talks with the Bronx Museum to organise the first major exhibition by a US museum in the country, according to local reports. The show would be part of the 12th edition of the Havana Biennial next year, and could be followed by an exhibition in New York in 2016 that would feature work by Cuban artists. [...] During her opening remarks, Perera emphasised the role of culture in &ldquo;breaking barriers imposed by governments that have nothing to do with the will of the artists&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105787826/when-cities-become-science-where-does-art-fit-in When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T14:23:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64dc9080493585e8b7df595648695b22.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But, with all this push to quantize and characterize, there are dangers. Cities clearly are more than a new kind of physics problem. They are also creations of the human imagination and, as such, they live or die by the quality of the imagination we bring to them. Thats why no discussion of the health of cities can be complete without thinking about the role of art &mdash; public art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum ready for grand opening next week Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3416f2e07ad6b09df4bb3fa49783b14.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next Saturday at 5 p.m., after a week of member previews, the 35-year-old Aspen Art Museum in Colorado will open the doors of its new building to the public and then keep them open for a 24-hour celebration. There is much to celebrate. The four-story building is the first American museum designed by the innovative Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403239/leading-saudi-artist-focuses-on-the-modernisation-of-mecca-and-jerusalem Leading Saudi artist focuses on the modernisation of Mecca and Jerusalem Alexander Walter 2014-07-30T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45afb3c31c3cc2619ad7d629c632c387.jpg" width="425" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, who caused a stir with a series of photographs depicting the rampant redevelopment around Mecca, is due to take part in his first public talk in the UK at Sotheby&rsquo;s London (12 August). Mater will also discuss this work in relation to other cities such as Jerusalem and Medina during the discussion, entitled &ldquo;Contemporary photography and hybrid architecture&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105324500/a-lost-cause-alfredo-jaar-s-a-logo-for-america-coming-to-times-square-again A Lost Cause? Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo for America” Coming to Times Square Again Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd5126c37fcaa7fe76d11f5412fef4f1.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Alfredo Jaar&rsquo;s glittering &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; video first played on a Times Square billboard in 1987, it riled up New Yorkers. [...] shows the words &ldquo;This is not America&rdquo; inside the outline of the United States. &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; will receive a second life this week; beginning on August 1, the video will pop up on Times Square signs and screens between 11:57 pm and 12:00 am. But this 2.0 version loses some of the video&rsquo;s original intent to reach a broad&mdash;and hopefully attentive&mdash;audience.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105016813/north-carolina-museum-of-art-receives-grant-for-a-high-tech-education-center North Carolina Museum of Art Receives Grant for a High-Tech Education Center Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4gpzuq6jg56vdlvz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Carolina Museum of Art on Tuesday received a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees&rsquo; Credit Union Foundation for art education research. The grant will establish a high-tech education center that will serve as a portal for accessing the museum&rsquo;s collection, exhibitions and programs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pfjvsf8qyg82mkf.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project &ndash; &nbsp;the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa &ndash;&nbsp;will be designed by&nbsp;British architect Thomas Heatherwick.&nbsp;"How do you turn 42 vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture?" the architect said.&nbsp;"We could either fight a building made of concrete tubes or enjoy it's tube-iness."</p><p>The museum will focus on works since 2000 and will be directed by&nbsp;Mark Coetzee.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:55:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0e778d00b393bc6e4438e22acf6f831.jpg" width="300" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Damien Hirst&rsquo;s art complex in south London, which was initially due to open this year, will take a little longer to complete. A spokeswoman for Science Ltd, Hirst&rsquo;s company, says that it is now due to open &ldquo;in May or June&rdquo; next year. The centre, which is designed by Caruso St John architects, runs the length of Newport Street in Vauxhall. The former theatre carpentry and scenery production workshops will become six galleries. Office space and a restaurant are also planned.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104717771/goldsmiths-to-build-public-art-gallery Goldsmiths to Build Public Art Gallery Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:36:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h98fckqpx9qs3far.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK&rsquo;s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department&rsquo;s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the &pound;2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors [...] to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie&rsquo;s, possibly next year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f0802ba47b7c1650f43d989271f2a8d.jpg" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104480216/how-much-are-curators-really-paid How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c44e32df778961ca671cd9c910619b9d.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104329059/edifice-complex-architecture-leaps-from-commodity-to-collectible Edifice Complex: Architecture Leaps From Commodity to Collectible Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbhjiub45b1qwlhw.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Crystal Bridges acquisition reflects an increasingly popular attitude toward architecturally significant homes among private collectors. Such buyers now see that historic homes can be collected, preserved, and appreciated much like fine art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103941905/michael-jantzen-shows-m-velope-in-st-louis Michael Jantzen shows M-velope in St. Louis Archinect 2014-07-11T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:56:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mm0kqorubf0r3sy7.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The exploration of new ways of thinking about the built environment is at the heart of a new exhibition at St. Louis', MO <a href="http://brunodavidgallery.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruno David Gallery</a> which opened June 27.</p><p>Key piece of the show is <em>M-velope</em> by artist <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a> (read Archinect's 2009 interview with Jantzen <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91718/captain-concept-archinect-interviews-michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>), an art retreat structure designed to provide shelter when trying to "escape from the norm."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkv3ssgxbur2a8e7.jpg"></p><p>The sculpture, 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, takes up the center of the main gallery space and is Michael Jantzen's latest sculpture from his &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen/project/the-m-velope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-velope</a>&rdquo; series.</p><p>The exhibition still runs until Saturday, August 23, 2014.</p><p>Scroll down for more details.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9shgbym2vuu21lx.jpg"></p><p>"Michael Jantzen has always approached his art and design as an inventor, rather than a stylist. By creating architectural art, he is reinventing the built environment so that it can continually be altered to meet the changing needs and desires of its occupants. At times, he attempts to invent systems and components that can be assembled and reassembled in various...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103859898/joanna-warsza-curates-architecture-between-east-and-west Joanna Warsza Curates Architecture Between East and West Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77fc0bf02be13acfbdd6101b0b12b675.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings perform a variety of functions: They shelter, illuminate, and obscure surrounding people and landscapes. The fundamentally pragmatic purpose of architecture endows edifices with a wide range of functions, but rarely does architecture speak. Curator Joanna Warsza, however, organizes performances and interventions that implore architecture to speak back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>