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Today in Arts News

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is still flooded

and they’re desperately seeking funds to restore and reopen this masterpiece. The house is said to smell like dead fish. The National Trust and Landmarks Illinois would love it if you could please send even $25.

In other Arts News today, a version of a Damien Hirst shark

sold for $17 million dollars.

What’s wrong with this picture? Which one do you think is worth more?

Poetry and Architecture


Me, I’m a minimalist.

And I’ve always liked the spare poetry of Kay Ryan.
Today she was named the 16th Poet Laureate of
the United States.
Congratulations Kay Ryan.
A poem of hers, reminds me of a place I like.

Shark’s Teeth

Everything contains some
Silence. Noise gets
Its zest from the
Small shark’s tooth-
Shaped fragments
Of rest angled in it. An hour
Of city holds maybe a minute of these
Remnants of a time
When silence reigned, compact and dangerous
As a shark. Sometimes a bit of a tail
Or fin can still
Be sensed in parks.

Reminds me of this “rhyme”

Mies’ great Farnsworth House, a retreat from the city,
“compact and dangerous”
and Damien Hirst‘s shark.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Le Corbusier

In Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center – Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Untitled” (Placebo – Landscape – For Roni)
November 8, 2007–January 4, 2008

Shimmers. Corb’s relationship to the ground is always interesting, so this posthumous placement of a Gonzelez-Torres opus, one even with the word “landscape” in the title, works well in the Carpenter Center.

Of course, I’d also love to see it in Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology! Mies’s works also bear an interesting relationship to the ground.

The Mies Society, and IIT’s College of Architecture are producing art in Crown Hall, including a collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. IIT architecture students are working on designs and environments for dances. They’ll premiere in Crown Hall on January 25 and 26th – by invitation only. The first public performance will be January 27 at 5:00 pm.

And of course, the lobby of Lever House, as of tonight, is filled with 30 dead sheep, one dead shark, two sides of beef, 300 sausages, and a pair of doves.