Bauhaus Centennial a Global Celebration
Numerous Exhibitions and PublicationsBy: - Apr 25th, 2019
In 1919 Walter Gropius retrofitted the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts into what he dubbed Bauhaus. In its centennial year there are global celebrations through media coverage, publications and exhibitions. It has been reported that there are 600 shows in Germany. We have been reading and visiting work on view at the Museum of Fine Arts and some 200 objects from the 50,000 donated through Gropius and others to Harvard University. He joined the Graduate School of Design as its director in 1937.
Room With a View and an Elephant
RMA’s Soft Thresholds is an Exhibition About Boundaries.By: - Nov 29th, 2017
RMA’s Soft Thresholds is about opening up physical boundaries: an elephant village is one of a number of the firm’s marvelous examples of this commitment. Soft Thresholds: a RMA Architects exhibition in Gund Hall Gallery at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA closed October 15 but left lasting memories. An elephant never forgets.
A Study in Contrast Two Museums in Lisbon
National Tile Museum and MAAT Bookend Art and CultureBy: - Dec 30th, 2017
These institutions visually and physically reflected Portuguese art and culture, one embracing the nooks and crannies of history while the other exhibited a vibrant openness to contemporary urbanity.
Vermont’s Eclectic Shelburne Museum
How Sweet It IsBy: - Jan 12th, 2018
Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) founded the Shelburne Museum which has 150,000 objects and 39 buildings on 45 acres. Her father Henry Osborne Havemeyer was known as The Sugar King. With his wife Louisne they created a vast collection donating 2,000 objects, including French Impressionist masterpieces, to the Met. Electra married polo champion James Watson Webb II of the Vanderbilt family. Well before the controversies of the Berkshire Museum, in 1996, the Shelburne Museum sold $30 million of its art to pay expenses. During the winter just five buildings are open. We viewed two special exhibitions in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education which opened in 2013. It was a lively and intriguing experience.
Hugh Ferriss Delineator of Heroic Modern
Great Architectural Visionary of the '20s and '30sBy: - May 29th, 2018
Hugh Ferris was a visionary ‘Paper Architect’ who influenced popular culture as well as a generation of architects through his heroic skyscraper renderings and delineation of construction projects. His influence can still be seen in popular culture..
Kansas Symphony at Helzberg Hall
Everything's Up to DateBy: - Jun 04th, 2018
The Kansas City Symphony is a superb group pf superb artists, who make their home in one the of the performance treasures of America Like Dallas and other smaller cities across the country, Kansas City community leaders decided to spiff up its arts’ presence, A decade ago they dtermined to build a new home for its Symphony Orchestra and somewhat larger hall for events on tour.
Cartagena: Conserving Cultural Heritage
A 500-year-old Urban Jewel in the CaribbeanBy: - Sep 03rd, 2018
The author recently visited Cartagena, Colombia. The city is a 500-year old urban jewel in the Caribbean with a wonderful scaled and visually vibrant Old Town (el Centro Historico). It is a wonderful destination on the western edge of the Caribbean. Planning of Cartagena both in terms of preservation and new development is a challenge, but climate change and rising sea levels is threatening its cultural heritage.
Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included)
Vanderbilt's Chateau Near AshevilleBy: - Oct 27th, 2018
The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.
100 Years Bauhaus
Opening Ceremonies in BerlinBy: - Jan 26th, 2019
Angelika Jansen was lucky enough to experience many aspects of the '100 jahre bauhaus' (100 Years of Bauhaus) celebrations, from January 16-24, as she writes in her following article. Architecture and culture in the 20th Century were greatly influenced by works and activities of many members of an 'institution' that only lasted 24 years - and the Bauhaus impact lives on.
Bauhaus in Chicago
100 Years Celebrated at Elmhurst Art MuseumBy: - Mar 01st, 2019
The Whole World a Bauhaus, the 100th anniversary exhibit of Bauhaus work, is now on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum. There are national and global Bauhaus exhibitions. This one is on view in Chicago.
Naumkeag 'Free Fun Friday' Is Today
Bring The Family To StockbridgeBy: - Aug 11th, 2017
On Friday, August 11th, the Trustees of Reservations and Naumkeag, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts host a free day of fun and education for the entire family.
Spring Awakening at Hancock Shaker Village
Borrowed Light Watercolors by Barbara Ernst PreyBy: - May 24th, 2019
Working "24/7" over several months the renowned, Williamstown-based artist, Barbara Ernst Prey, created Borrowed Light. The suite of watercolor renderings of interiors is on view in a converted chicken coop of Hancock Shaker Village. It is a part of expanded contemporary programming under the director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. She was a founding member of the MASS MoCA team. They have been neighbors and friends for many years. It was intuitive for them to undertake this remarkable project.
Documentaries on Art and Design
What to Stream When Home AloneBy: - Apr 02nd, 2020
Most of us are now hunkered down and isolated, inundated by 24/7 news coverage of depressing medical and economic conditions, compounded by failed White House leadership. To lighten our burden, just a bit, here is a list, with thumbnail reviews, of nine excellent documentary films about architecture and design.
Tanglewood's American Institute of Architects Award
For Linde Center for Music and LearningBy: - May 05th, 2021
Tanglewood’s Linde Center for Music and Learning received a 2021 Interior Architecture Award from the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) on April 16, 2021. The Linde Center was one of only seven projects nationally to receive this award that "celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces."
Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents Arvo Part
The Temple of Dendur is a Location Favored by the ComposerBy: - Nov 03rd, 2021
Arvo Pärt has celebrated birthdays at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His music is often performed at the Temple of Dendur where one wall dances with reflections from a pool of water, reflections that seem to move with the beat of the music. They soothe and elevate, a mood captured by the Nile River in the temple’s original Egyptian location.
Vasily Kandinsky at the Guggenheim
Amidst CirclesBy: - Nov 27th, 2021
The painter Vasily Kandinsky belongs in the Guggenheim Museum. The new show titled "Around the Circle" spirals up to the top of Frank Lloyd Wright's monument.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Four Finalists for Design for Espace RiopelleBy: - May 19th, 2022
The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is moving a step closer to the realization of the future Espace Riopelle with the unveiling of the candidates selected by the jury to move on to the final stage of the architectural design competition launched last March.
Portland Museum of Art to Expand
Launches Design CompetitionBy: - Jun 01st, 2022
The Portland Museum of Art, together with the leading independent architect selection firm Dovetail Design Strategists, announced today the launch of an international design competition for its campus unification and expansion.
Williams College Museum of Art Expands
SO-IL Architects SelectedBy: - Jun 01st, 2022
SO-IL architects selected to design the first stand-alone building for the Williams College Museum of Art. New facility for teaching, collections, exhibitions and programs will transform the museum’s engagement with the campus, the Williamstown community and the Berkshires cultural region.
A Renewed Boston Skyline
A Love of GeometryBy: - Mar 10th, 2023
There are three examples of a new look to Boston’s skyline: Boston University’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences or “Jenga Building” near Kenmore Square; Harvard’s John A. Paulson Science and Applied Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Building in Allston; and the One Congress Street Building at the Bulfinch Triangle next to Government Center.
July 22 for Naumkeag Garden Party
Yo Yo Ma Plans To AttendBy: - Jul 15th, 2017
Celebrate the newly completed greenhouses in Fletcher Steele and Mable Choate's historic and recently renovated gardens at Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Massachusetts from 4-7pm on Saturday, July 22nd.
Naumkeag's Exceptional Garden Party
Restoration at the National Historic Landmak is EvidentBy: - Jul 30th, 2015
The Trustees of Naumkeag host the yearly Garden Party for an enthusiastic crowd of local and out-of-town well wishers. Bellinis , hors d'oeuvres and sweets entertained the crowds appetite on this glorious, sunny afternoon in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Edward Hopper Tour in Gloucester Aug. 7
Houses painted by the ArtistBy: - Aug 03rd, 2015
American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. The Cape Ann Museum will present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Westward Ho Ho Ho! Berkshire Museum
2015 Holiday Theme at the Berkshire MuseumBy: - Nov 16th, 2015
Each year, the Berkshire Museum, hosts the Festival of Trees. Both a fundraiser and a social event, this years theme is 'Westward Ho Ho Ho!' The goal is for the eighty participants to decorate their holiday trees in the theme of the event. The theme coincides with the museums 'American West' and 'Go West' exhibition.
Tom Krens Outlines Plans for a Cultural Corridor
Former Governors Dukakis and Weld Share North Adams PodiumBy: - Dec 05th, 2015
Using a satellite image Tom Krens commented on a six mile line connecting North Adams and Williamstown. It was a part of an engaging power point presentation to develop a cultural corridor connecting world class resources including a new for profit museum and one in North Adams featuring model railroads and maquettes by renowned architects. Former governors Dukakis and Weld attended the presentation.