Archinect - News 2014-11-27T01:59:34-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114497601/josef-albers-s-manhattan-mural-could-return-to-new-york Josef Albers's Manhattan mural could return to New York Alexander Walter 2014-11-25T13:26:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91668acab62691da96cd8741bbd0ecb.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Josef Albers&rsquo;s Manhattan, a mural that enlivened the lobby of New York&rsquo;s Met Life (previously the Pan Am) Building from 1963 until its controversial removal in 2000, could make a triumphant return to the city. Possible sites include the World Trade Center Transit Hub, The Art Newspaper understands. Finding a suitable home for the work is not the only obstacle: the original mural is in a landfill site in Ohio.</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/114195997/big-mother-the-tallest-mural-in-the-uk-to-highlight-affordable-housing-issues "Big Mother" the tallest mural in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b239ea6293d6f1cf166a4b6b58c7ee5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A newly completed 125 ft high mural painted by Stik on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their condemned council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. [...] Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016.</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/114194389/street-view-a-virtual-tour-across-russia-by-remote-camera Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a5c1ca072f3cb9b844c54e8c5e9e2b1b.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] &ldquo;In Yandex.Maps there&rsquo;s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]&rdquo; say Maksyokov. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred &hellip; As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.&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/114114079/whitney-announces-opening-date-of-its-new-home-in-chelsea Whitney announces opening date of its new home in Chelsea Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/852dec54324014ba3107df965ca9b381.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that it will open its new home in Chelsea on 1 May 2015. With double the exhibition space of its "old" Marcel Breuer-designed building, the museum will be able to show far more of its collection of Modern and contemporary American art in its Renzo Piano-designed new space in the Meatpacking District. [...] Weinberg told us that Piano saved the institution from making one decision that it would have lived to regret.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11627/whitney-museum-of-american-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113886034/when-did-the-art-world-get-so-conservative When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-17T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szqsn7p3vcikifyj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities &mdash; about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid &mdash; are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so conservative?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Could this be translated to architecture? Sure thing... I think architecture has a built in conservatism to begin with. Just look what the architects are pooling for.., fighting territories for things those really don't matter, blaming each other for handrail details and teaching values of the empire while reinforcing its own specialized elitism to keep the trouble makers out. Look at the corporate schools, corporate offices and architects who offer nothing more than a fantasy drawings packaged as radicals riding on intern labored marketing renderings.</p><p>Who is kidding whom?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113348899/bed-stuy-in-memoriam Bed-Stuy In Memoriam Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:48:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b1e096241456c75abb63197650c9a26.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home. They are collages fashioned from layer upon layer of small accretions that we plaster and paint onto our environments. Sometimes, this paint is literal [...] rich diversity of murals in memoriam found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn &mdash; public artworks that reflect a particular history of violence, racial prejudice, and, in some cases, the mixture of the two.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105939752/bed-stuy-prices-soar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy Prices Soar</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall 8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T15:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yuy6fl50rmqqp3x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons. The Lichtgrenze (translation: &ldquo;border of light&rdquo;) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure.</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/113055877/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-06T21:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:32:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vuf1wz1b6hhzh30.jpg" width="514" height="685" 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/installations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6rg47egypcj8030.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/87445735/12-8-tower/105869820" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12/8 Tower</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/TimDurfee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee Studio</a> and Andrew Kragness, amp at Media Design Practices / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1893/art-center-college-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design</a>; Photo: QiYuan Li "Oscar"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qe89skrlz6s6rvmm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/18284198/pink-punch/88401257" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pink Punch</a> in&nbsp;Jardin de Metis, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18284198/michaela-macleod" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michaela MacLeod</a> with Nicholas Croft</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utv70c0blgwfr6bk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/16718209/wunderbugs-interactive-architecture-for-insects-and-humans/111186840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderbugs - Interactive architecture for insects and humans</a> in Rome, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/ofl-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFL Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftun91338aena2yu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/33935687/domestic-hats/111432135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domestic Hats</a> in Atlanta, GA by <a href="http://archinect.com/studiobonner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Bonner</a>; Photography: Patrick Heagney &amp; Caitlin Peterson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3trataj50qlso79x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation/project/amazing-corrugation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aMazing Corrugation</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; Photography: Hammer Museum</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rk3kmqc6kjponyj5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/59896870/shell-pavilion/101711126" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shell Pavilion</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/theprincipals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112957036/peter-marino-exhibition-to-open-at-the-bass-museum Peter Marino Exhibition to Open at the Bass Museum Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T13:29:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d72366a9b0fcab6d14174960cd57155b.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the recipient of Design Miami/&rsquo;s inaugural Design Visionary award this month, Marino has been celebrated for decades for forward-thinking designs that are the perfect blend of art, fashion and architectural design. &ldquo;He is a true modernist character [...]&rdquo; internationally renowned curator J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Sans tells BLOUIN Lifestyle. Sans is curating &ldquo;One Way: Peter Marino,&rdquo; an exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art that explores the renowned American architect&rsquo;s multifaceted relationship with 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/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7q6t8x4ywjz18ml.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&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/112259973/los-angeles-cultural-boom-gives-city-s-artists-spaces-they-can-call-home Los Angeles cultural boom gives city’s artists spaces they can call home Alexander Walter 2014-10-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfc412c65bea37363e7ea8e7b76fd3b1.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People used to complain that people went to New York to buy what they could buy in LA,&rdquo; said Kathy Halbreich, the associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that happens anymore. I think there&rsquo;s a recognition that the city matters, that the people aren&rsquo;t just there for the weather. You see a level of ambition that&rsquo;s been ratcheted up.&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/111300176/artist-vhils-dissects-the-city-by-by-taking-apart-and-reassembling-found-objects Artist VHILS dissects the city by by taking apart and reassembling found objects Metropolitan Monk 2014-10-15T11:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T12:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xl7kwntyswxjc9m.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist <a title="VHILS | website" href="http://alexandrefarto.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS</a> &ndash; born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987]&nbsp;&ndash; has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in <a title="Shanghai | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/shanghai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> &#19978;&#28023;, <a title="Moscow | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/moscow/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS&nbsp;now condenses his findings in his home town <a title="Lisbon | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/lisbon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon - </a>in an exhibition at Lisbon&rsquo;s <a title="Electricity Museum | EDP | website" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/www.edp.pt/en/sustentabilidade/fundacoes/fundacaoedp/museudaelectricidade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electricity Museum</a> &ndash; curated by Jo&atilde;o Pinharanda and aptly named &lsquo;<a title="Dissection | VHILS | website" href="http://www.alexandrefarto.com/index.php?page=news&amp;news=29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dissection</a>&rsquo; &ndash; drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. It is the artist&rsquo;s first big solo show. <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published, in the October-November 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #52 Oct-Nove-14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #52</a>, an interview with Portuguese street artist:&nbsp;read <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>.</p><p>Extract from <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>:</p><p><em>'Debris is a prime material for me,</em>&rsquo; he says. &lsquo;<em>I like to use material that has been expelled from the city. I think this comes from my background in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109714290/large-ai-weiwei-takes-over-alcatraz-with-lego-carpets-and-a-hippie-dragon @Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/124531be4366ad75d2c0371cc144d0ed.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.</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/109563939/can-graffiti-be-copyrighted Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted? Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/410a9c3e03e977239fc84201a3ee806e.jpg" width="514" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In July, Anasagasti hired a lawyer and filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit, accusing American Eagle of stealing his work and seeking monetary damages. If it sounds novel to apply copyright to graffiti art, that&rsquo;s because it is: Lawyers who work in this area say it&rsquo;s not clear anyone has ever tried this in court. Copyright law, as its name suggests, lays out the rules for when it&rsquo;s okay to copy something. But does it extend to art that's on public walls?</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/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house Life in the Bowery's 72-room "Bohemian Dream House" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrw6wcidqw9m16u4.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn&rsquo;t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. [...] With the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn&rsquo;t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This 2008 piece on 190 Bowery is being published for historical context, on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent occasion of the property being sold</a> to NYC developer, RFR Holdings.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109342572/macarthur-fellow-rick-lowe-reclaims-urban-neighborhoods-through-art MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:22:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8da9176a9a9e368797dd944387e4c679.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grassroots, place-based arts initiatives got a boost yesterday when the artist Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Earlier this week, I profiled Lowe&rsquo;s dynamic approach to arts-driven revitalization in &ldquo;Street Makeover: Artists Bring Visibility to a Low-Lit Alley.&rdquo; Lowe is currently working as a multi-year resident of the Pearl Street Project, an alleyway transformation launched by Philadelphia&rsquo;s Asian Arts Initiative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <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 >2014-09-18T16:57:26-04:00 <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>