Monthly Archives: March 2012

Breaking the Fifth Wall


Yovcho Gorchev’s series of mastered images considers the relationship between physical reality and virtual perception. He works with an animated GIF platform, transforming each image from the identifiable to the surreal. Gorchev, with a background in both architecture and film, is a narrative driven mixed media artist. His interests are philosophical as much as visual, questioning the the phenomenology of space and the subsequent methods of representation.

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Digital Image Archive: Prometheus


Photograph by Gerhard Richter

Prometheus is a digital image archive that highlights the art and cultural sciences, gathering over 800,000 images from as many as 64 institutional databases. The Website’s interface allows for storing, organizing and presenting your own curated selections while providing comprehensive copyright and sourcing information with each entry.

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Edward Steichen Prints Resurface


The recently rediscovered work of Edward Steichen can be found in a newly published collection “Eduard et Voulangis,” a volume that highlights his tenure in Voulangis, France. Steichen’s photography, this assembly in particular, is a celebration of both traditional and inventive techniques that explore palladium and ferroprussiate printmaking, dye mixing and a complex multiple printing process.

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"Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"


Featuring the classical music of Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” suite, greatly admired by Wright, the fascinating documentary Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, created by filmmaker Michael Miner, showcases ten religious structures Wright designed in California. Wright’s uniquely American designs were hugely influential in the field of engineering and groundbreaking with their incorporation of natural surroundings. Many of these congregations still use these structures today, proving the longevity of Wright’s designs.

99% Invisible


Roman Mars, a public radio producer and reporter, hosts the weekly podcast 99% Invisible. By way of considered and informed interviews, the radio show explores topics of design, architecture and “the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” Currently broadcast out of San Francisco, Mars’ work has been featured on productions such as Radiolab, The Story, Snap Judgment, Morning Edition, and Weekend America.

How Sweet It Is


The past decade’s cupcake renaissance has seen boutique bakeries across the country hawking the single-serving pastry to an urban and middle-class market. While certain consumption practices have long illuminated social behaviors and behavioral patterns, the cupcake-as-commodity seems an unlikely barometer. Nevertheless, in 2009, Dr. Kathe Newman of Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy determined that by analyzing the urban distribution of cupcake purveyors it was also possible to discern the flow of capital investment in cities and, more generally, the relationship between gentrification and the emergent boutique industry culture. In 2011, Berkeley student Danya Al-Saleh used a similar strategy to demonstrate the relationship between bakery location and gang violence in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Kodak Historical Collection #003


Photos from Kodak’s picture contests feature amateur photography from the the medium’s early days of popularity. The images have been preserved within the Kodak Historical Collection #003, four albums documenting the company’s own burgeoning years. Eastman Kodak donated the collection to the department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation of the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester.

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AMOA-Arthouse Rooftop Film Series: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


This Wednesday the AMOA-Arthouse Rooftop Film presents a screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a documentary by director Chad Freidrichs. Chronicling the dynamic changes of the post-WWII American city, the film examines the massive impact of the 1949 Housing Act through the lens of the ill-reputed Pruitt-Igoe development in St. Louis.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | rooftop opens at 5:30 pm | film starts at 7:30 pm
WHERE: AMOA-Arthouse | 700 Congress Avenue
free for members/$10 admission fee for non-member

A related article from The New York Times reviews the documentary and compares the project to New York’s arguably successful housing development of the same era, South Penn.

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Adam Ryder's Areth: An Architectural Atlas


The images in Adam Ryder‘s recent work, Areth: An Architectural Atlas, explore the architectural legacy of a fictional world. His detailed analysis of an archaeological fantasy is both tongue-in-cheek invention and an earnest examination of the built environment, real or imagined. Ryder, an artist, works in conjunction with the creative studio, Site Unseen.

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Public Art Archive


The Public Art Archive™, a new project presented by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), is a searchable database of public art in the United States. The Archive makes art more accessible to the public with sophisticated searchable databases of art throughout the United States. The Archive makes public art and its processes more accessible by displaying images of each piece alongside an extensive description, including audio and video supplementary files when they are available.

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