Archive for the ‘Hello Beautiful’ Category

01/17/2007

From ChickenandEgg to Chic-kago.

Welcome to the VP of Exhibitions and Programs at the Chicago Architecture Foundation – Gregory K. Dreicer. He’ll appear on Chicago Public Radio twice this week. First, tomorrow morning, at about 9:30 am, streaming here – followed by the way by yours truly, with a weekly calendar segment I do called “Three to See.”

Then, this Sunday Gregory Dreicer will make a cameo on my show Hello Beautiful! Also streaming here.

I’ll ask Gregory what he plans to do at the CAF. He comes to us from New York City where he founded and ran ChickenandEgg Public Projects, Inc. They do exhibition planning, development, and design; and specialize in social, political, and technological issues. The new position at CAF was created to expand the scope of exhibitions and programming and broaden the audience base. That sounds good too.

But my main guest on Hello Beautiful! this week will be the Czech-born designer Martin Kastner. More on him, in the next post.

-Edoardo

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01/17/2007

From ChickenandEgg to Chic-kago.

Welcome to the VP of Exhibitions and Programs at the Chicago Architecture Foundation – Gregory K. Dreicer. He’ll appear on Chicago Public Radio twice this week. First, tomorrow morning, at about 9:30 am, streaming here – followed by the way by yours truly, with a weekly calendar segment I do called “Three to See.”

Then, this Sunday Gregory Dreicer will make a cameo on my show Hello Beautiful! Also streaming here.

I’ll ask Gregory what he plans to do at the CAF. He comes to us from New York City where he founded and ran ChickenandEgg Public Projects, Inc. They do exhibition planning, development, and design; and specialize in social, political, and technological issues. The new position at CAF was created to expand the scope of exhibitions and programming and broaden the audience base. That sounds good too.

But my main guest on Hello Beautiful! this week will be the Czech-born designer Martin Kastner. More on him, in the next post.

-Edoardo

01/17/2007

From ChickenandEgg to Chic-kago.

Welcome to the VP of Exhibitions and Programs at the Chicago Architecture Foundation – Gregory K. Dreicer. He’ll appear on Chicago Public Radio twice this week. First, tomorrow morning, at about 9:30 am, streaming here – followed by the way by yours truly, with a weekly calendar segment I do called “Three to See.”

Then, this Sunday Gregory Dreicer will make a cameo on my show Hello Beautiful! Also streaming here.

I’ll ask Gregory what he plans to do at the CAF. He comes to us from New York City where he founded and ran ChickenandEgg Public Projects, Inc. They do exhibition planning, development, and design; and specialize in social, political, and technological issues. The new position at CAF was created to expand the scope of exhibitions and programming and broaden the audience base. That sounds good too.

But my main guest on Hello Beautiful! this week will be the Czech-born designer Martin Kastner. More on him, in the next post.

-Edoardo

10/17/2006


This, and two others like it, are coming to Chicago in the Spring.
Read about it here.

Hello Beautiful!

I know them well. Their beauty has brought me to tears, I do not say reduced me to tears, I feel I gained by it, when I saw them in Florence. I knew them well there. I was lucky to live in Florence for a few years.

In the early morning, I’d ride my bike over the cobblestone streets, to the Baptistery on which these panels stand. Back then it was the Ghiberti’s originals, still on the door. (One was always “in restauro,” replaced sometimes with just a piece of plywood!) But inside was a most mysterious early morning service. With incense, chanting, and those golden mosaics on the ceiling.

I wonder what effect these will have on me when I see them in Chicago? Without Brunelleschi’s great reddish, brown, white ribbed cathedral dome looming over them, protecting them, and the city.

-Eduardo

PS I think Donatello’s Mary Magdalena was still inside the Baptistery then. it’s in a nearby museum now. I like this description of that work by James T. Baker

“…the Magdalena, done in wood in 1455 for the cathedral baptistry in Florence. Emaciated, mad, with long hair that merges with skins, ravaged by a life of dissipation and then long repentence, she is one of the most powerful works of Christian art, the perfect example of the grotesque made beautiful.”

photo: Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence

10/17/2006


This, and two others like it, are coming to Chicago in the Spring.
Read about it here.

Hello Beautiful!

I know them well. Their beauty has brought me to tears, I do not say reduced me to tears, I feel I gained by it, when I saw them in Florence. I knew them well there. I was lucky to live in Florence for a few years.

In the early morning, I’d ride my bike over the cobblestone streets, to the Baptistery on which these panels stand. Back then it was the Ghiberti’s originals, still on the door. (One was always “in restauro,” replaced sometimes with just a piece of plywood!) But inside was a most mysterious early morning service. With incense, chanting, and those golden mosaics on the ceiling.

I wonder what effect these will have on me when I see them in Chicago? Without Brunelleschi’s great reddish, brown, white ribbed cathedral dome looming over them, protecting them, and the city.

-Eduardo

PS I think Donatello’s Mary Magdalena was still inside the Baptistery then. it’s in a nearby museum now. I like this description of that work by James T. Baker

“…the Magdalena, done in wood in 1455 for the cathedral baptistry in Florence. Emaciated, mad, with long hair that merges with skins, ravaged by a life of dissipation and then long repentence, she is one of the most powerful works of Christian art, the perfect example of the grotesque made beautiful.”

photo: Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence