Two Will Enter But Only One Will Leave

April 8, 2009 · Print This Article

Well that’s not true, in the end both of the new Millennium Park pavilions will be deconstructed and recycled. The Burnham Plan in Chicago has announced two new pavilions that are going to be installed June 19 through October 31, 2009 in Millennium Park.

The First is by Zaha Hadid and described as:

Shell like Pavilion by Zaha Hadid

Shell like Pavilion by Zaha Hadid

“A tent-like structure made of light weight aluminum and dressed in a tensile fabric. The exterior skin rises and falls along its aluminum ribs—the lines for which were derived from the diagonal lines and avenues in Burnham and Bennett’s 1909 Plan. Louvers in the pavilion’s ceiling will bring an interplay of light and shadow into the space as the sun changes position during the day. Exterior lighting will highlight the pavilion at night.

The interior of the Hadid Pavilion will serve as a screen for an immersive video installation created by UIC-trained and London-based artist Thomas Gray for The Gray Circle. This film will tell the story of Chicago’s transformation, including visions for Chicago’s future by local architects.”

It then goes on to mention the sinuous discourse and usual puffery.

The Second pavilion is by UNStudio and is listed as:

Mirror like Pavilion by UNStudio

Mirror like Pavilion by UNStudio

“Highly accessible and functions as an urban activator. Framed by Lake Michigan on one side and Michigan Avenue on the other, it relates to diverse city-contexts and scales. The edges of the roof are parallel, but toward the center there is more complexity in the form.

At night, UNStudio’s pavilion becomes a responsive architecture with LED lights that change color and pattern. These lights will be in constant flux as the number of visitors to the pavilion changes. Programmatically the pavilion invites people to gather, walk around and through the space—to explore and observe. It’s sculptural form and reactive lights will spark curiosity and wonder in its visitors.

The UNStudio pavilion is made of steel, clad in plywood, and is covered in high-gloss white paint to reflect the city and pavilion visitors.”

Now we ask you in both comment form and poll, who will survive? The winner will go one on one in a death match with a pavilion built to look like Tony Fitzpatrick.

Tate Finaly Gets Style With New Wing

April 8, 2009 · Print This Article

New Wing to the Tate Modern

New Wing to the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern after 5 years of looking like Pre-War Factory from the outside (after research it should since it was a retrofit power Station) will thanks to the architectural design firm Herzog & de Meuron actually have a look that resembles the inside.

The £100 million-plus expansion is designed to increase the space by up to 60 per cent for more displays and to help relieve overcrowding. The wing is scheduled to be completed by 2011

Tate from across the river before new construction

Tate from across the river before new construction

Electric Car? Art? Made of Wood?

April 7, 2009 · Print This Article

Seth Kinmont

It’s not very often that I actually pick up the postcards and flyers I see on the counter of the local coffee shop.  This one, however, caught my eye as it sat there and mocked the New York Times sitting next to it.  Apparently the artist Seth Kinmont knows how to grab the attention of his audience: give them lots of text and images in a clever package.  I expect the same from his electric car.

The car is powered by four twelve volt batteries and sports a set of other familiar amenities, you know, the usual disc brakes, rack and pinion stirring, headlights, air conditioning(!).  And just to throw in a little bit of a challenge, he’s built the whole thing out of wood.  From the invite:

Tuesday, April 7th 7-9 pm 138 Division Street (Orchard/Ludlow)

On April 7th, the first in a series of three wooden electric cars will be on view and will be giving rides around the block during the opening hours. Space is limited, so if you are interested a ride, please arrive early to place yourself on the ride list.

On a related note, I objectively love the Project No. 8 website.

ArtBabble Launches Tuesday

April 6, 2009 · Print This Article

ArtBabble, the Indianapolis Museum of Art‘s new online site for videos about art and artists, goes public tomorrow (Tuesday, April 7th). The Beta site has been up for a few months by invitation only (which were not hard to get), and so far it looks pretty great. picture-33The Indianapolis Museum asked institutions including the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to contribute content that includes interviews with artists, profiles of museum professionals, and videos of exhibition works in situ. The strength of ArtBabble lies in its collaborations with other institutions–the more shared content, the greater its use-potential. It’s a genius example of how centralized online content can benefit multiple institutions. It’ll be interesting to see whether other museums clamor to join in, or choose instead to use ArtBabble as a model for their own online presences.

Smoking Kid Art

April 6, 2009 · Print This Article

John Waters, John Waters, Children Who Smoke, 2009, 8 c-prints, Each image: 5 × 7 inches, Framed: 26 1/2 × 20 1/2 inches, Edition of 5. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.

John Waters, John Waters, Children Who Smoke, 2009, 8 c-prints, Each image: 5 × 7 inches, Framed: 26 1/2 × 20 1/2 inches, Edition of 5. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.

John Waters‘ upcoming exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in L.A. and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York will feature his series of movie stills titled “Children Who Smoke.” Love it. Now I’m trying to think of other artists who depict children smoking (preferably real cigarettes, but I’ll take Sally Mann’s fake one too). I’m pressed for time and can only come up with a few examples, but I know there is oh so much more. Who else?

Maria Marshall, When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Cooker (still from video), 1998

Maria Marshall, When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Cooker (still from video), 1998

Rita Ackermann, Now I'm Gonna Take A Vacation

Rita Ackermann, Now I'm Gonna Take A Vacation

Yoshitomo Nara, Guston Girl, 2000, Deutsche Bank Collection
Yoshitomo Nara, Guston Girl, 2000, Deutsche Bank Collection
David Gilmore Blythe, Street Urchins, c. 1856-58, oil on canvas, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art

David Gilmore Blythe, Street Urchins, c. 1856-58, oil on canvas, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art

David Gilmore Blythe, The Newsboys, 1846-52

David Gilmore Blythe, The Newsboys, 1846-52

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989