Click around this site for readings on British Palladianism. The Royal Institute of British Architects is wrapping up a show on contemporary Norwegian structures - followed by "exhibition of material drawn from the Library's collections celebrates the completion of the two-year restoration of Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat by placing his remarkable glass and steel hillside villa"...if you are on that side of the pond, go see this and tell me all about it!
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.
MoMA | Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets...While I was searching for footage of productions of Ubu Roi, I found performances by the band, "Pere Ubu". They did work wtih the Quay brothers, and now I find you can see their work at Moma this summer. Kismet!
Great article on poster designer Steve Chow: Steve Chow has turned a pile-up of two cars and a small plane into a vertical totem pole simply by turning the image on its side. It works because of the upended red car which is now horizontal (one of the few things in the poster which seems to be the right way around) along with the simple line of title type along its underbelly. It also works, above all, because of its riot of color.
I went to Montreal to attend the exhibition of Feininger's drawings and photographs. it was certainly worth leaving the country for. If you plan a weekend trip and museums are part of your sightseeing list, I recommend Montreal- there is an excellently curated exhibit about "lost neighborhoods" at the Centre d'histoire de Montréal. The show, featuring touching interviews and video clips of people who were dislocated in the name of urban progress, is raw and impressive.
The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The exhibition provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city, seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. Part of the World Shakespeare Festival which is part of London 2012 Festival.
I saw this amazing, 6-screen installation in Montreal. I recommend you conduct an internet search to read more about this innovative projection system.
The 6 screens allowed the viewer to observe a play from different points of view in the playing space, while walking around the screen structure in total darkness, armed with 3D glasses. Here's more:
As part of the International Digital Arts Biennial:
From April 19 to August 5, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents FRAGMENTATION, the adaptation of three scenes excerpted from the show LIPSYNCH directed byRobert Lepage for the ReACTOR, a six-screen
3D projection system designed by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw. This stereoscopic video installation is
presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Contemporary Art Square.
One day I will be able to afford this collection of great filmaking. I remember when I began to recognize the logog- and discovered that every time I really embraced a film, it was a Janus film. Good news is many of these are represented in the Criterion Collection- which is available on Hulu.