Friday, February 11, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

Ann Hamilton's stylus Project

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Exterior View With Mounted Speakers

For its first commissioned installation, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts asked Ann Hamilton to create an "artistic statement" for its headquarters building in St. Louis, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando. Hamilton collaborated with composer/sound designer Shahrokh Yadegari to produce a multi-sensory "experience" — stylus — that responded to the building as "sanctuary and laboratory" and to the foundation's institutional activities through a series of  "experiments in collective vocal exercises" and "layers" of interactive programs. Students from Washington University constructed thousands of papier-mache hands used in the installation and assisted with printing of banners and flyers for the project.

Go here to explore the installation by location; when you move your mouse over an image you will hear music. A live multi-channel sound system within the building, amplified externally via five mounted speakers facing out toward the community in which the building is located, constituted stylus' "public voice". While the installation was in place, vocal recordings were collected and broadcast through the system to the community. Contributors first learned how to create a concordance (a selection of concordances may be viewed in the archive). The project concluded on January 21 with Hamilton reading concordance texts complemented with sound and gesture, including "A Chorus of Waving Hands".

A new installation, Dreamscapes, opens February 11.

stylus Blog, Flickr Recap of "A Sounding" Farewell, Pulitzer on Flickr, Downloads (Catalogue, Biographies, Concordance, Etc.)

Also see my post "Inhabiting a Concrete Tower", which details another project of Hamilton's.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In Toledo, Ohio, the Toledo Museum of Art is presenting, in book form, work by African-American folk artist Aminah Robinson, a 2004 MacArthur "genius" grant recipient. On view through February, the exhibit features a unique, never-before-seen, 10-volume collection, acquired from the artist, who tells about her life through her use of sculptural pieces, buttons, drawings, poems, and personal stories. Each of the books covers a different theme, and each varies in size, form, and construction. A companion book, The Ragmud Collection, combines traditional catalogue elements with a unique constructed paper format to simulate the experience of seeing and reading a Robinson book.

Toledo Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

The following video features an interview with Robinson and museum curator Amy Gilman.

✭ The work of 30 glass artists is on view at Pittsburgh Glass Center. A celebration of PGC's 10-year anniversary, the show, "TENacity", which runs through April 17, features the artists' responses to a decade of historic events, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and national political elections. A list of participating artists is here.

✭ The Chandler Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont, is showcasing, through February 20, weaving and pottery from Bhakti Ziek and Holly Walker, respectively. Stunning work.

Bhakti Ziek's Blog

Beth Katleman, Bikini Girl on Branch (Detail), 2010
Porcelain, Wire, Heat-Shrink Tubing, 19"x16"
© Beth Katleman  

✭ Closing February 17 at New York City's Greenwich House Pottery: "Beth Katleman: 'Folly'", featuring 48 white porcelain "landscapes" (see image above) and an entire wall covered with Katleman's 3D porcelain "wallpaper". 

Beth Katleman

New York Times Interview with Katleman

Artists' Manifestos

Alex Danchev has produced an anthology of 100 years of artists', filmmakers', and architects' political manifestos. Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Feminism are among the art movements featured. Go here for an audio slideshow from The Guardian. For an inside look at the book, go here. Danchev's 100 Artists' Manifestos is available in print (via resellers or directly from The Guardian) and electronically (Kindle on Amazon).


Glynn said...

The Pulitzer Museum is a wonderful place. It's part of what we call "Grand Center," named for Grand Avenue, and the center for several performing arts theaters, the St. Louis Symphony, and several art museums. It's adjacent to St. Louis University. OK, hometown promotion over.

Cassandra Frear said...

The Pulitzer sounds fascinating. I never thought of it in connection with art, but why not?

There's a really whacky exhibition in Columbia called "Who Shot Rock and Roll?" Not sure how to respond to it.

I'm a bit of a traditionalist. Can you tell?

Anonymous said...

i really enjoyed the story about the rent parties.