Archive for September, 2007

09/29/2007

A new LeWitt in Boston.

Opening at MIT.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND STAFF OF THE MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER

INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR THE DEDICATION OF
SOL LEWITT’S BARS OF COLOR WITHIN SQUARES (MIT), 2007

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007 4:00PM

A PERCENT-FOR-ART COMMISSION FOR THE GREEN CENTER FOR PHYSICS, BUILDING 6 C

BUILDING 4-ROOM 331 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 77 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE Cambridge, MA 02139

Photos when it happens.
-E

Changes at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

09/20/2007


Mohsen Mostafavi, in his first speech to the faculty and students of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design since he was named Dean.

See his speech here. Reading between the lines, it seems that Modernism, so important at the GSD, may be less prioritized.

-E

Didn’t Corb’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts look good in the sun today?

09/14/2007

As did Sterling’s Sackler Museum.


In Cambridge, Mass. where autumn reigns.
-E

09/06/2007

Louis Sullivan’s last building restored


The Krause Music Store

on North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago

I looked at it right before I left Chicago. Any time you can look at a Louis Sullivan, do.

And to hear Tim Samuelson tell an unforgettable story of Sullivan’s days as he designed it, click here.


The recent restoration has just received the 2007 Landmark Award for preservation excellence by the City of Chicago. And it will also receive the 2007 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award. Now owned by the nice and appreciative folks at Studio V Design, Krause was just added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed in 1922, the storefront was commissioned when Sullivan was elderly, living alone, in ill health and nearing the end of his life. His last work, this design was drawn when he was in the midst of writing his autobiography, and reflecting on his life and career. His initial depiction for the facade was on a cocktail napkin.

Painfully neglected in his later years, for 65 yr. old Sullivan it demonstrated the existence of a still vibrant talent. He cleverly designed a storefront with a recessed symmetrical entry that provided shelter, as well as, focused attention. The facade also showcased Sullivan’s enduring ability to depict intricate geometric designs and curvilinear plant forms in terra cotta.

The primary architect for the building was a former Sullivan draftsman. William Krause a successful music salesman who commissioned the building, committed suicide in the showroom/apartment in 1929. Shortly after Krause’s death the building became a funeral parlor, which it remained for more than six decades. Interestingly, the new owners held four separate ceremonies to spiritually cleanse the building, including using a feng shui master and a Hindu priest.

-Keith Dinehart, of Goldberg General Contacting Inc. who restored the building (and provided these photographs) in conjunction with preservation architect McGuire Igleski + Associates, and the architectural firm of Wheeler Kearns.

-E


Krause at dusk photo by Steve Hall © HedrichBlessing.

09/05/2007
Love this New York lobby

by light-and-space artist James Turrell.

Walking away from Times Square (who wouldn’t?) this lobby somehow caught my attention.


A passerby saw me looking and pronounced, “that’s wierd.” I thought,” it’s James Turrell made corporate.” And this being New York, it is. A genuine Turrell. And it’s wonderful.

I hear the color alternates from blue to green to red. I think I’d want to walk into and through it every day on the way to work. Would it change my mood?

Or, as CIT is a consumer finance company, and this is their world headquarters; with finance in turmoil, maybe they should program the Turrell to display the current mood of the market, use the lobby like a mood ring. You know,

  • Mood Ring Stressed
  • Mood Ring Fearful
  • Mood Ring Nervous
  • Mood Ring Mixed Emotions
  • Mood Ring Normal
  • Mood Ring Relaxed
  • Mood Ring Calm
  • Mood Ring Cool
  • Mood Ring Lovable
  • Mood Ring Romantic
  • Mood Ring Passionate
  • Mood Ring Very Happy

Looking through the revolving door, I rang the buzzer but the guard you see in the back there wouldn’t open it. I’d love to talk with him. He sits by that light all night.

for D.
Mood Ring