November 28, 2011
Europeana is a cultural database featuring Europe’s conservation efforts for everything from art to science and to make these digital resources available to a wide audience. Musical scores by Mozart and Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle are among the many things to discover at Europeana. The site also includes virtual exhibitions that include Eastern European wedding traditions, Art Nouveau, and Yiddish Theatre in London. These exhibits incorporate sound recordings, photos and memoirs to provide a detailed sensory experience. Search for information by exhibitions, new content, provider, timeline or featured search today to discover some of Europe’s vast cultural treasures.
November 22, 2011
The Color Of
Find the color of just about anything you can think of, from your own name to the color of spring. Simply type in a word and The Color Of searches and finds colors from around 50 different photos to create a unique color for each word. Created by designer Fung Kwok Pan, it is truly a distinctive and fun way to visualize your world in color!
November 18, 2011
2011 All Student Exhibition Opens
© Ellen Rutt
Source: The School of Art & Design
November 18 - December 14, 2011
Slusser Gallery, Robbins Gallery, Work•Ann Arbor
and all the corridor venues in the Art & Architecture Building
6:00 to 9:00 pm
all Ann Arbor galleries
There will be refreshments, music, and bus shuttles between North Campus and Work • Ann Arbor on State Street.
Awards will be presented.
November 16, 2011
"Athens Subway" (video review)
A tourist walks past ancient pottery artifacts decorating the Metro station of Acropolis in Athens, August 11, 2004
© AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis
Source: AP Images
Produced by Flashback Television for the History Channel
With air pollution from traffic congestion damaging ancient monuments and the 2004 Olympics around the corner, an expansion of the single line Athens subway was desperately needed. But the subway would pass under the most ancient heart of the city! There was tension between engineers and archaeologists as the engineers had deadlines to meet and the archaeologists wanted to carefully go through everything unearthed. Fortunately a system of cooperation was developed which opened up new opportunities for both the engineers and archaeologists. By building the subway beneath the city the engineers provided access to areas for archaeologists that would never have been available before, allowing for the largest scale archaeological project ever conducted in Athens. The various and delicate tunneling techniques the engineers used to preserve ancient buildings in the city above are shown in detail. When the subway is opened the ancient is incorporated with the new as artifacts found during the subway’s creation are put on display in the stations. This film shows how the engineers and archaeologists worked together to protect Athens’ rich cultural heritage and to balance the needs of the living with the preservation of the past.
November 15, 2011
© Bunker/BNKR Arquitectura
Source: Bunker/BNKR Arquitectura
BNKR Arquitectura’s latest idea is creating waves: architect Esteban Suarez’s plan for an “Earthscraper”, a 65 story underground equivalent of a skyscraper beneath Mexico City’s main square, Zocalo. The underground tower would contain a central cavity to allow natural sunlight to enter its spaces for living, shops, and offices. But this is only the latest in a series of their innovative architectural concepts. Check out their website for drawings, plans and models of past, present and future projects. Detailed plans and images for the Filadelfia Corporate Suites, Sunset Chapel, Acapulco Bay Bridge, and Taiwan Tower, along with humorous architectural cartoons, provide a wide scope of the abilities and future possibilities for BNKR Arquitectura. Whether or not the “Earthscraper” is one of their feasible possibilities is still up for debate, but it sure is one groundbreaking concept!
November 08, 2011
Images from the Walters Art Museum
Need a great art image for a class project? The Walters Art Museum of Baltimore now offers 10,000 free images from their collection, many of which are works not on display in the museum. The images are all in the public domain for anyone to use for non-commercial purposes, and you can also tag and create your own image collection through Facebook. They offer a wide range of artworks from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Ancient Americas, including sculpture, arms and armor, painting, jewelry, and manuscripts. Search for specific artworks or browse their collection to find surprising and exciting works within the Walters Art Museum!
November 03, 2011
"Citizen Architect" (video review)
At left, the Music Man and Rural Studio instructor Jay Sanders oversee the construction of a handrail on the back steps of the "Music Man House" in rural Hale County, Alabama, May 20, 2003.
© AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer
Source: AP Images
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas
Instructor Jay Sanders and his students from the Rural Studio work to create a new home for Jimmie Lee Matthews, also known as the "Music Man", in Newbern, Alabama. Begun by Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee in 1993, the Rural Studio has worked to give architectural students of Auburn University hands-on experience in building the structures they design as well as the opportunity to help and make a difference in poor, rural communities. While Sambo passed away in 2001, his legacy continues with the Rural Studio. Family, friends, students, and co-workers comment on Sambo’s groundbreaking approach to architecture and how he sought to make architecture something for everyone. The film also covers some of the many different architectural projects conducted by the Rural Studio such as the Yancey Tire Chapel, the Butterfly House, and at the end the results of the Music Man’s new house.
November 01, 2011
© Corine Vermeulen
Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010
Sunday, October 16, 2011 – Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Detroit Institute of Arts is currently running an exhibition on its own environs, the city of Detroit. But rather than examining its history, the exhibition focuses on the nature of Detroit in the past 10 years. The show features artists such as Michelle Andonian, Andrew Moore, Corine Vermeulen, and Dawoud Bay. Their photos and films capture the changing nature of the city and the growth occurring through its decay. The photos include portraits of Detroit’s inhabitants as well as its diverse landscapes that engage the viewer in a dialogue on the current perceptions of Detroit and the unique potential its people and spaces hold for the reshaping of the whole contemporary concept of a city.