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January 29, 2010

History of Art Symposium

Contemporary Strategies in Documentary Photography

Part I: Alec Soth
Saturday, January 30, 1:30–4 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sleeping by the Mississippi Project by Alec Soth

This two-part symposium (Part II Feb. 6) explores new practices in documentary photography through the work of some of its most important contemporary practitioners. Each talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Alec Soth rose to international prominence with the publication of his first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004). This project revealed Soth to be a new and important voice in the tradition of lyrical documentary developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and others. His more recent projects, including NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, Dog Days, Bogotá, and The Last Days of W, have cemented his reputation as one of the United States’ most important contemporary photographers.

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January 27, 2010

Detroit in old pictures

Woodward Avenue in the 1890s, looking north from downtown

Woodward Avenue, 1917

Busiest Intersection in the world – Michigan & Woodward, ca. 1920

Grand Circus Park, looking north up Woodward, 1935

Woodward Avenue, July 1942

Evening rush hour traffic inches forward along Second Avenue, 1952

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January 19, 2010

Forgotten Detroit

The William Livingstone House on Eliot Street in Brush Park was demolished on September 15, 2007. This house was not only famous for its long tortured decline, it was also renowned as the first commission by the young architect Albert Kahn while working for the George Mason-Zachariah Rice firm.

Here is the picture of the house in better days:

and here on Flickr

Another building by Kahn, The National Theater (1911) on Monroe Street near Greektown, then:

...and now

via Forgotten Detroit

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January 12, 2010

The Neighborhood Project

"Artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, aka Design 99, started "The Neighborhood Project" in the Walter Gibbs Gallery on Friday, Dec. 18. The artists illustrate how art can transform neighborhoods, both visually and socially, by looking at how public space and aesthetics can be integrated.

The Project stems from the work Cope and Reichert have undertaken in their Detroit community. Beginning with their Power House Project, they have put into practice ideas about the aesthetics of everyday life and the integration of art and design into the rethinking and rebuilding of neighborhoods."

The exhibition is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts through March 28th.

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January 05, 2010

Contemplating the Void

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to develop a visionary concept for an installation/intervention in the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Submissions were received from all over the world. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Image above shows project Art Trap by architect Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul. The project would separate the spiral museum interior from the void through the installation of an undulating plastic barrier. But this barrier would not be visually inert. Instead, it would have 180 “saddle-like seats” built into its inside face. Each of these seats would feature 5 holes – for the occupants legs, arms, and head – and would be accessible from short ladders or from the floor.

Contemplating the Void: The Central Park Market, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle

Erratic Void, SelgasCano, Madrid

Experiencing the Void, JDS Architects, Oslo/Julien De Smedt


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