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This documentary presents a fresh look at the architect, craftsman, urban theorist, and philosopher, Paolo Soleri. An early Graham grantee, Soleri is well known as the creator of Arcosanti, an experimental settlement north of Phoenix, intended to be an alternative to urban sprawl. Following the screening, please join us for a Q&A with co-prodcuer Roger Tomalty and filmmaker Aimee Madsen, and a reception in the Madlener House library.
Currently working as an independent filmmaker and still photographer, Aimee Madsen has over 20 years of experience shooting stills for magazine and book publications, some of which include Native Peoples, Arizona Highways, Worth, Sunset, Outdoor Photographer, New Mexico Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, and Transitions Abroad. In addition, she has shot for publisher NorthWord Press and internationally renowned image library Gamma Liaison.
Roger Tomalty has worked closely with Soleri in both an architectural design and construction capacity since 1970. He studied architecture at Syracuse University and holds a Masters degree from Arizona State University in Physical Geography, with an emphasis on radiation-budget Climatology. Tomalty served as construction supervisor and site coordinator of the Arcosanti project in the 1970’s, has taught and lectured extensively on Soleri and the Arcosanti project in the United States, Europe, and Asia and conducts workshops on earth casting techniques worldwide. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Cosanti Foundation, he oversees the Cosanti site in Scottsdale while working with Soleri to produce, exhibit, and market custom bell assemblies. His primary interest is for the Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti to continue to explore and demonstrate the interaction of the built and natural environments in ways that integrate food production, water conservation, and flow energy resources with habitat.
Graham-funded artists David Hartt and Karthik Pandian will discuss new work currently on view in two concurrent exhibitions in Chicago that both engage various strategies and critiques of 1960s avant garde architecture, art, and design practices with curator Hamza Walker. In his current exhibition for everyone a garden, Hartt references utopian projects by architects Moshe Safdie and Jean-Louis Chanéac from the late 1960’s to explore the complex relationship between form and ideology. Similarly, Pandian takes on 1960s artistic strategies in The Incomparables Club, the conclusion of a cycle of recent exhibitions that features the moving image and sound installation Reversal. Concerned with artistic labor, technologies of vision, and nostalgia for the avant-garde, previous iterations of the work took place in different forms at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Vilma Gold, London in 2012.
David Hartt was born in Montréal in 1967 and lives and works in Chicago. He graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. His exhibition Stray Light is currently on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem and will travel in the fall to the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and in 2014 to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012), Golden Age, Chicago (2011); Howard House, Seattle (2009); Deven Golden Fine Art (1998, 1997); Andrew Kreps, New York (1996); L’Observatoire-Galerie, Brussels (1995); and Ten in One, Chicago (1995). In 2012 he was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow. He is a 2012 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Hartt’s exhibition, for everyone a garden is on view at Corbett vs. Dempsey until May 11, 2013.
Karthik Pandian has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles amongst others. In 2013, his work will be featured in exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. Pandian's work has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Durfee Foundation and in 2011, he was the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Pandian’s exhibition, The Incomparables Club is on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago through April 20 and the moving image and sound piece Reversal, will remain on view in the second floor space through June 1.
Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as Director of Education/Associate Curator for The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago - a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. Recent exhibitions he has curated include Black Is, Black Ain’t, (2008), Several Silences, (2009), Anna Shteynshleyger, a survey (2010), The Age of Aquarius (2011), William O’Brien, a survey of the ceramics (2011), Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: In a Saturnian World, (2011), Local Metrics (2012), and John Neff, Photographs 2010-2012 (2013).. He was the recipient of the 2005 Walter Hopps Award for curatorial achievement, a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Award for the exhibition Black Is, Black Ain’t, and the 2010 Ordway Prize. He has written for numerous artists’ monographs in addition to publications such as Artforum and Parkett. Walker is the president of Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts board of trustees.
John Bischoff’s work is precise and textured, spare, and at times delicate. By juxtaposing a performer’s interactions with an analog circuit and raw digital audio generated from a laptop, Bischoff creates instances of pulsed and modulated sound that intimately combine the analog and digital. "In these pieces, the detailed nature of the performer's actions with the circuit—the initiation of sound events, the timing between them, and their spectral characteristics—are analyzed in real-time and used to construct an extended computer-generated response,” Bischoff explains.
Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhäuser, December 2012) offers a unique and unparalleled view of Arets, an internationally renowned architect and recently appointed dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Arets’ optimistic outlook towards the future, which he calls ‘A Wonderful World: A New Map of the World’, underlies his global philosophy. This new book presents Arets’ lectures on that topic, debates between him and other thinkers and makers, 60 exemplary designs from his studio, and an extensive series of interviews with Arets. Within these texts his background, education, projects, and teachings are interwoven in a discussion that highlights the evolution of his career.
At this book launch event, a discussion between Arets and Robert McCarters, editor of the book, will offer a comprehensive introduction to the work of Wiel Arets Architects. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Madlener House library where signed copies of the publication will be available for purchase.
Wiel Arets is a Dutch born architect, educator, industrial designer, theorist, and urbanist. Arets’ architecture and design firm, Wiel Arets Architects, has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Maastricht, and Zurich, and has been nominated numerous times for the European Union’s Mies Van der Rohe award. Before being appointed dean at IIT, Arets was dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from 1995-2002 and a professor of building, planning, and design at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Robert McCarter is a practicing architect, author, and Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously taught at the University of Florida, where he was director of the School of Architecture from 1991-2001, Columbia University, University of Louisville, and North Carolina State University. He is the author of Understanding Architecture: A Primer on Architecture as Experience (with Juhani Pallasmaa, 2012); Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (2012); Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Lives (2006); Louis I. Kahn (2005); Frank Lloyd Wright (1997), and other books.
This event was originally scheduled for February 1, 2013.
In this special solo performance, Takehisa Kosugi performs several compositions of multi-dimensional live electronic music including some shortened versions of longer work, most of which was originally commissioned for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Kosugi revises the material for quad sound using homemade audio generators, ready-made sound processors and light-sound interactive materials. The program includes Cycles (1981), Streams (1991), Op Music (2001), Music for Nearly 90, Part-A (2009), and Octet (2011).
Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938, Tokyo, Japan) is a composer for mixed-media music, and an early member of Fluxus. In 1960, he co-founded Group-Ongaku ("music group"), with Yasunao Tone, Mieko Shiomi, and others, the first collective improvisation group in Tokyo. While in New York from 1965 to 1967, Kosugi created new works in collaboration with Nam June Paik and other Fluxus members. In 1969 he co-founded the Taj Mahal Travellers, an itinerant septet for mixed-media improvisation that toured England, Europe and the Near East in 1971-72. Kosugi joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1977 as a composer and performer where he toured with John Cage and David Tudor. He was appointed music director in 1995, and worked with the company until 2011. Kosugi has received grants from The JDR 3rd Fund (1966 and 1977), a DAAD fellowship grant to reside in Berlin (1981), and the John Cage Award for Music from Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (1994). He has performed in countless international festivals, and his installations have been presented in exhibitions throughout the world. Kosugi performed in the Lampo series in March 2000, in concert with Jim O'Rourke at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
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