29 July 2014
Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka
A film screening and Q&A with Jack Masey, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY, USA, today July 29th, 7pm.
In 1967, in an effort to attract the most talented architects and exhibition designers in the United States, the United States Information Agency's design chief Jack Masey organized a competition to design the US Pavilion at Asia's first Category One World's Fair -- Expo '70 Osaka. The winners were the New York team of architects Davis & Brody, and exhibition designers Chermayeff, Geismar & deHarak. Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka is a film that documents the construction of the US Pavilion at EXPO' 70 Osaka. ‘Ai..
29 July 2014
Architecture & Design fair, Casapiedra Convention Center, Santiago, Chile, 31 July – 02 August 2014
100 Showrooms is held for a period of three days in Santiago, Chile. The main objective of this international expo is to bring together architects, designers, decorators, landscape architects, and real estate and construction industry professionals. It offers the chance to discuss current trends and opportunities associated with the sector of architecture and design. The significance of business opportunities and strategies that help in the overall betterment of the architecture and design industry are also highlighted in this event. 100 Showrooms assists professionals with gathering useful information and sharing an in-depth knowledge.
28 July 2014
8th Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks into a Haystack
Multiple venues in Liverpool, UK, until 26 October.
Liverpool Biennial, the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a platform for the research, commissioning, and presenting of international art, education, and debate. It is the moment when the world engages with Liverpool. Curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, the event takes place across the city at impressive venues, and this year’s edition also features the John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre. In addition, there are works by artists and curators in solo and group shows ..
27 July 2014
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness
Exhibition opening today, MoMA, New York, USA, 27 July – 2 November.
The career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography spans an impressive 35 years. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading conceptualist and art professor. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.
26 July 2014
Workshop with Professor Anupama Rao (Barnard College, Columbia University) & OfficeUS Housing Public Good research group, today 26 July, 4-6PM, US Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
‘Subaltern Urbanism?’ examines contemporary discourses and strategies around housing projects in a global context. Experimental self-building and self-funding initiatives; the role of the state in conditions of deregulated and informalized development; the privatized planning processes and financial speculations associated with these trends… What prototypes of ‘citizenship’ do different housing models enact and (re)produce? What is the role of architecture –and architects– within these processes?
26 July 2014
The World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great War
Exhibition, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 1 August – 2 November.
This exhibition is devoted to the hitherto almost forgotten colour photographs and films which were made before the First World War, having been commissioned by the French banker Albert Kahn. Inspired by the colour photography of the Lumière brothers, he issued these commissions - at a time when the nations of Europe were already arming for the Great War - to photographers of both sexes, in order to build up the Archives de la planète with colour photos from all over the world. In this picture archive over 70,000 colour shots have been preserved. They co..
25 July 2014
photography exhibition, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, until 21 September.
Punctum is an exhibition about the nature of photography today. Consisting of over fifty photographs chosen by artists, curators and writers, and including a series of lectures and a publication, Punctum takes its cue from the term ‘punctum’ coined by Roland Barthes in his final book Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Used by Barthes as a linguistic device to examine the meaning of photography, ‘punctum’ refers to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates or ‘wounds’ the viewer, and completes the photograph as an object of reflection. This exhibition takes this concept and term of ‘punctum’ as a starting point for invited participants to select photographs that, for each of them, are emblematic of ‘punctum’, given today’s context for photography and aesthetics.
24 July 2014
Last days of the exhibition, Pace London, Burlington Gardens, London, UK, until 26 July.
Golems is an exhibition of new works by the Romanian figurative painter Adrian Ghenie. The Darwin Room, presented in a special chamber within the gallery space, features meticulously sourced eighteenth and nineteenth century panelling, floor boards and furniture, juxtaposed with contemporary items. Illumination comes from the light of the internal ‘window,’ a symbolic gesture to the post-enlightenment thinking. The dark passage of the installation creates a boundary, separating the present day gallery environment from the sacred space in which the academic contemplation take..
24 July 2014
Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957
Movie screenings, MoMa, New York, USA, through 4 August.
Crime films were a staple at Columbia Pictures during the studio's first decades as a budget-conscious, high-volume producer of mass entertainment. This exhibition traces the evolution of the genre at Columbia, from the atmospheric whodunits that dominated the early 1930s through the moody, despairing films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. The series includes both celebrated, A-level productions and outstanding examples of the B-pictures that were the studio's real specialty.
23 July 2014
Exhibition of the Heus-Zomer Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until 21 September.
The exhibition ‘Focus Beijing’ features the work of two generations of prominent artists from Beijing. The first generation grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. They include Zhang Dali (Harbin, 1963), Zhang Xiaogang (Kunming, 1958), Hai Bo (Changchun, 1962) and Ai Weiwei (Beijing, 1957). Their work shows a strong sense of political engagement, referring to China’s traumatic history and the social and cultural revolutions of recent decades. The second generation grew up in the 1970s and 1980s: the period of China’s Open Door Policy. Artists such as Qiu Xiaofei (Hoerbin..
22 July 2014
Aero-X, the hoverbike
Aerofex builds low-altitude flying vehicle
LA based engineering firm Aerofex Corporation built the Aero-X, a vehicle that makes low-altitude flight realistic and affordable. “Our mission is to democratize flight”, the company says. The Aero-X is flying up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 miles per hour, is fueled by automotive gasoline, takes up about as much room as a small car, and offers space for two passengers. It’s a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle - an off road vehicle that gets you off the ground. “Because the Aero-X is intuitive to fly, you can learn to operate it safely in just a weekend ..
21 July 2014
Exposed: A History of Lingerie
Exhibition, The Museum at FIT, New York, USA, until 15 November.
As the final barrier to the nude body, lingerie is simultaneously modest and erotic – and it remains a subject of enduring fascination. The design of lingerie enhances its allure: it strategically reveals, conceals, and highlights the wearer’s form. The exhibition traces developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. There are two types of lingerie, hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes corsets, bustles, and structured bras, while soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns, and panties. As the relationship between dress and the body has been redefined over time, so too have the function and appearance of lingerie.
20 July 2014
Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future
Talk by Simon Sadler, 21 July at 6 pm, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, USA.
Architectural and urban historian Simon Sadler delves into Archigram’s Los Angeles, a city that became the new locus of the urban imaginary in the vanguard circuits of 1960s London. Sadler considers how Archigram’s projections of a future Los Angeles were perhaps nostalgic for California’s recent past, while serving London’s larger fantasy of spontaneous, populist, self-organized urbanism.
20 July 2014
Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, until 30 November.
Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By revelling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism. As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group subverts the conservatism of minimalism and other 20th-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure.
19 July 2014
New photography book by Elliott Erwitt, to be published by teNeues in August.
Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) has created many noteworthy portraits of womankind over the years. Regarding Women is Elliott Erwitt’s evocative personal tribute to female strength, intelligence, and beauty. Conveying respect, admiration, and sometimes awe, these photographs portray all the complex elements that make up the feminine nature, whether formidable and tenacious, or occasionally capricious and coy. The archival material spans several generations, with many images not previously published or rarely seen before. In these pages, readers will ..
19 July 2014
Vasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the Bauhaus
Exhibition, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, Germany, until 08 September.
Vasily Kandinsky was one of the most important teachers at the Bauhaus, but the courses he gave have so far only been documented in part. On the basis of a research project carried out by the Société Kandknsky, the exhibition presents documents and materials from international archives and collections that provide a comprehensive view of Kandinsky’s teaching work at the Bauhaus. The materials mainly consist of notes he made when preparing the classes, as well as illustrations from the fields of nature, technology, architecture, and painting that he selected from news..
18 July 2014
An Evening with Artist Nir Evron
Film evening and Q&A, tonight at 7pm, New Museum Theater, New York, USA.
Nir Evron (b. 1974, Tel Aviv) is known for his provocative meditations on the construction of political and social histories. He works across photography, video, and film, and examines specific artifacts such as derelict monuments, historic buildings, found photographs, and borrowed biographies. At this event, Evron will screen his “Architectural Trilogy,” which reflects the artist’s deep interest and research on the architecture of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and will premiere Endurance (2014), the final work in this series.
18 July 2014
The Centre For Dying On Stage #1
Exhibition, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 18 July – 13 September.
An exhibition with artworks and performances by Karl Burke, Dina Danish, Dan Graham, Krõõt Juurak, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Meggy Rustamova. The Centre For Dying On Stage is a research body that generates new artistic undertakings, anchored to notions of disappearance and performativity. The Centre’s online archive collects and collates instances of deaths that have occurred in performative settings in the public domain, looking at cases of those such as; Molière, Karl Wallenda, Miriam Makeba, Yoshiuki Takada, Jane Dornacker, R. Budd Dwyer, Harry Parke, Irene..
17 July 2014
Sarnath Banerjee & Natasha Ginwala
Conversation, tonight at 7:30 pm, Crash Pad c/o KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, Berlin, Germany.
Graphic novelist, artist and filmmaker Sarnath Banerjee will discuss his recent practice with 8th Berlin Biennale’s Artistic Team member Natasha Ginwala. Banerjee's work records uncanny details of urban life traversing from Berlin to New Delhi. Drawing upon cosmopolitan history, myth and popular culture, his characters, much like himself, perform as both detective and flâneur.
17 July 2014
British Folk Art
Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, UK, until 31 August.
Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts. On view is an intricate sculpture of a cockerel made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is also a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch, along with examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid, as well as naïve paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery, and much more.