Monthly Archives: March 2011

Chandigarh Spoliated

Chandigarh Legislative Assembly building
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Between 1952 and 1959, modernist architect Le Corbusier designed a number of buildings for India’s first planned city, Chandigarh. Today these buildings have becomes the lastest victims of the global art market, whose attempts to capitalize on architectural objects have led to the increased scattering of chairs, tables, drawings, and other items that while unique in their individual designs are part of the larger architectural story that is Chandigarh. Local art historians and architects are now collaborating to abate this process of dissemination.

For more on this issue, check out this article in The Guardian.

Conversation with Landmarks: William Kentridge’s “Felix in Exile”


The University of Texas at Austin Landmarks Public Art Program will be hosting a discussion of William Kentridge’s “Felix in Exile” tomorrow afternoon, March 31st at 2PM in the ART atrium. The discussion will focus on themes embedded in the piece, including those relating to the social and cultural memory of apartheid and the artist’s relationship to this historical moment.

As the Walls Come Down

Cabrini Green
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The Chicago Housing Authority has slated to begin the demolition of the last Cabrini-Green apartment building 1230 N. Burling today. To commemorate the end of an era at Cabrini-Green and call attention to its significant, and tumultuous role, a group of artists, including SAIC faculty member Jan Tichy, social work Efrat Appel, and 25 SAIC student collaborators are preparing Project Cabrini-Green – an art installation that combines LED lighting and sound technology with short stories and poetry on the themes of home, housing, and community. On March 28th, two days before the beginning of the demolition, SAIC students and faculty placed 134 self contained, battery-powered LED modules in the building’s vacated apartments. The lights will blink everyday from 7pm to 1am EST, for the four week duration of the demolition. Each blinking light has a unique pattern and stand as visual translations of poems written and recorded by Cabrini-Green youth who attended workshops developed by Tichy and her students. The audio materials will also be presented on an accompanying web-based component. Live-feed footage of Project Cabrini-Green will be projected at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

UT Library Offer Short Course on Google Maps and Google Labs

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The University of Texas library system is offering a class to learn how to use specific Google features. Learn how to use Google Maps for more than just driving directions. Explore Google Labs, a website where you can preview and experiment with the ideas being developed by Google’s engineers, and stay on the cutting edge of online technology. This is a 30-minuate class followed by a 30-minute lab for practical use of the applications.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
: Perry-Castañeda Library, Room 1.124
Time: 10-11 am
Admission: Free and open to the public

UT Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival This Week

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The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival is a celebration of new work created by UT students that culminates in a week-long showcase in April held throughout campus. The festival focuses on work from the areas of theater, dance, music, film, design, visual art and architecture. The project aims to provide an environment for the creation, development, production and discussion of new and interdisciplinary work by students, faculty, guest artists and scholars who come together in the spirit of collaboration and critical inquiry. The festival began on March 28, 2011 and continues through April 2, 2011. A schedule of events, as well as locations, can be found on their website.

Texas State University Presents Big Bend Exhibition Reception and Discussion Panel

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The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University presents the exhibit Big Bend: Land of the Texas Imagination currently on display at the Alkek Library. The show explores the way in which authors, photographers, and journalists have been influenced by and interpreted the geology of Big Bend and its culture. Maps, photographs, books and articles, manuscripts, journals and many other items are on display from January 18 to July 17, 2011. To celebrate the current exhibition, the Wittliff Collection presents a reception and discussion panel on the national park. The panel will feature photographer Laurence Parent, authors Joe Nick Patoski, Barbara “Barney” Nelson, and Jake Silverstein, editor of Texas Monthly, and retired Big Bend National Park Ranger Marcos Paredes.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Alkek Library, 7th Floor
Admission: Free

Attendees are asked to RSVP to

Texas State University Lecture Series Featuring Professor Steven Moore

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The NEH Teaching Professorship in the Humanities at Texas State University presents the “Philosophy Dialogue Series,” including lectures on Sustainable Urbanism and Technology and Place by Dr. Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture. The morning lecture will include a public presentation on Sustainable Urbanism, and the afternoon session will be a seminar on Technology and Place for faculty, staff and graduate students. Lunch will be provided for the event.

Morning Lecture: Sustainable Urbanism: “Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt”
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 10 am
Location: Philosophy Dialogues, 123 PSY

Afternoon Lecture:  Technology and Place: ” Sustainability, Codes, and Mobile Judgment in the Built Environment”
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 1 pm
Location: 501 Lampasas

If you are interested in attending, please contact Craig Hanks at to RSVP.

Speaking Image

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Speaking Image is an application for creating interactive images and share them with others. The user can also create groups, add wikis, and set different permissions to manage collaborative work. Speaking Image also offers paint tools, a wiki-based collaborative environment, and the ability to tag and embed images.

World Art, Volume 1, Issue 1


The journal World Art is providing free access to its inaugural publication throughout 2011. The entire content of this issue will be available for public view online, providing access to scholarly literature and photographic essays concerning a range of art historical and contemporary art topics.



The University of Texas Visual Arts and Theory Group has organized the  one-day exhibit “Bug in the Machine,” which features seven displays that examine the relationship between organic objects and inorganic spaces. Featuring artwork from Gracen Brilmyer, Fons Schieden, Ben Aqua, and other academic contributors, this unique exhibit will be on display tomorrow, March 25th from 5 to 8 PM at the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s ACES Visualization Lab.

ARTstor Adds Images to Islamic Art and Architecture Collection


ARTstor added more than 250 images of Iznik ceramics from the Ottoman period. Additionally, Professors Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair from Boston College and Professor Walter Denny from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have collaborated with ARTstor to add over 19,000 high quality digital images of art and architecture of Islam from their personal archives. Their collection includes Islamic carpets and textiles, art and architecture of the Mongols, calligraphy, and art of the medieval Mediterranean world.

ARTstor Features Contemporary Architecture from in the United Arab Emirates


ARTstor, in conjunction with ART on File photographers, has documented state-of-the-art projects in Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building by Skidmore, Owings and Merrel; the Meydan Racecourse, the longest building in the world, by TAK Architects; and the Burj al-Arab, a hotel constructed on an artificial island, by Tom Wright of Atkins. ARTstor’s ART on File  UAE collection joins more than 300,000 images of architecture and the built environment in the project’s Digital Library.