Category Archives: New York events

Keller Easterling show reviewed in ArtCal

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Image: Storefront for Art and Architecture

In Twilight of the Idols, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote that “the most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power,” and it is with this sentiment that Easterling’s press release seems to resound.

The show employs the notion of the hoax – taking form here as commercial design – to attractively present fiction as fact and call into relief architecture’s sociopolitical implications. Masquerading as advertisement, the exhibition draws attention to architects’ role as arbiters of space, converting useless or unwanted sites into desirable ones, and for better or worse, drawing everything they touch into the global economy.

Some True Stories at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Jessica Loudis ArtCal 12/15/08

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Professor Keller Easterling Exhibit in Soho

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Via ArtCal: Change rarely follows sanctioned plot lines. Rather it often pivots around hoax, hyperbole and stray details. These phantom turning points are not easily taxonomized or moralized within orthodox political logics. We expect the right story-an epic binary tale of enemies and innocents, when it is often the wrong story-a little epidemic of rumor and duplicity-that rules the world.

Still, the fact that most pigs are wearing lipstick expands an activist repertoire!

Architecture and urbanism contribute many wrong stories to the mix as they move headlong into the world, propagating forms of polity faster than proper political channels can legislate them. If the world spins around the actions of discrepant characters, architects, as classic facilitators of power, have long had a seat at the table.

Visit the Storefront for Art and Architecture homepage here.


New Kehine Wiley exhibit at Studio Museum in Harlem

Wiley’s well-known, stylized paintings of urban African-American male youths started during his residency at the Studio Museum. He placed his subjects in poses borrowed from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European figurative paintings to investigate the ways that portraiture has been used historically to create and enforce power and privilege.

Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977, Los Angeles) received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2001.

Travel Pick: Art and Archaeology in the United States- Kehinde Wiley Culture Kiosque

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Kahn’s travel sketches exhibit in NYC

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Park Avenue Armory

The New York Sun has a great piece on the Louis I. Kahn’s travel sketches on exhibit at the “Works on Paper” fair at the Park Avenue Armory, opening February 29th.

A Mind Full of Roman Greatness Paula Deitz New York Sun 2/26/08

To view these sketches chronologically, then, is to be present during the evolution of one of the master architects of the 20th century, whose buildings have enriched our culture because they represent a continuity with the past, not precisely in form but in spirit.”

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“You can’t have caviar five nights in a row”

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Richard Perry/The New York Times

Marking his re-appointment to the School of Architecture, the Times pays homage to Dean Stern, praising the reinterpretation of tradition he has applied towards his commissions and applauding the open-minded direction he has taken the school as Dean.

Building Respect at Yale Robin Pogrebin New York Times 12/16/07

“For Mr. Stern that world tends to consist of stone or brick buildings with a heft and gravitas that brazenly pay tribute to buildings that have come before. ‘You can’t have a world that is built of only original things, where every shape is different from every other,’ he said. ‘You can, but then it becomes a World Fair. You can’t have caviar five nights in a row.'”

“But even those who dislike — or even dismiss — his architecture as retrograde say he has transformed Yale’s Architecture School from a complacent institution that mirrored the likes and dislikes of its deans into a vibrant nexus of ideas and debate in which multiple views are represented and conflict encouraged.”

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The Met means to be hip, if only in its fashion


This image of the original Hirst shark (it has since been replaced, as it fell apart) was found at the Art News Blog.

“But the Met means to be hip, if only in its fashion. At 16, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ is a golden oldie. It suggests that the museum intends to show only unquestionably anointed art, preferably at least a decade after its anointment.”

Just When You Thought It Was Safe “Damien Hirst’s shark, titled ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,’ from 1991, will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum for three years.” Roberta Smith New York Times 10/16/07

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Chocolate Jesus Returns

“My Sweet Lord” by Cosimo Cavallaro ABC News, from article Choc Christ exhibition scrapped over outrage 3/31/07

“‘My Sweet Lord,’ an anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ that infuriated Catholics before its April unveiling was canceled, returns Oct. 27 to a Chelsea art gallery….” Chocolate Jesus Sculpture Returns to NYC LARRY McSHANE AP via Hartford Courant 10/17/07

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