I've been looking at so many shows and writing so much (+other things behind the scenes)that I havent had time to do many posts. Till then here are some links:
The Tate is outsourcing its biographies to Wikipedia
. This is what happens when museums get away from their relationship with artists.
Rising costs in Berlin are affecting artists like most other interesting places
. The question is what can cities do about it... Ive got some ideas for Portland.
Chistopher Chichocki's art looks at the Salton Sea
Jerry Saltz on Hilma af Klint
And Brian Libby writes about a Portland home (full of art) in the New York Times
An interview with Liza Lou on her latest show
*Update Brian Libby interviews Brian Ferriso and one of the architects working on PAM's new expansion
. I interpret all of this as a good direction. The original renderings were very vanilla, plain almost to a fault but now that the pathway is to remain open it also affords an opportunity. Ferriso and I have discussed connecting to the parkspace and the community for years now... with lots of warning from me about being "too museumy") and it seems like an enhanced level of that integration and transparency will now be a goal. Of course funding gets put into the mix there but it is a complicated site and requires some innovative thinking... an off the shelf museum-style solution isnt enough. Think like a garden amenity etc. Losing the staircase is good, it was clunky. As with all things becoming more obsequious/elegant in architecture costs more but only a little more and is worth it. I met with Vinci Hamp last winter and their interior details are impressive. I challenge everyone from City Hall to PAM and its architectural team to dream a little harder... it will make funding easier as the middle of the road is the best place to be hit by the bus of mediocrity. Yes, Brian you'll be my first call if I draw a winning lottery ticket to facilitate this and in liu I'm challenging PAM's patrons to expect a bit more as well. Museum expansions are rare things. This expansion should be a reflection of the ethos Portland has grown into and signal towards what we as a city seek to become. Right now the renderings lack the detail to judge on those terms and the details are everything. So far this revision signals good things but the details really matter. Before the details get finalized though a full reckoning of what this means to Portland has to get shaken out. Ive got a huge article in the works and I dig in to most everything. Stay tuned.
Portland's Jim Lommasson interviewed about his ongoing What They Carried exhibitions and project
Kengo Kuma's design museum for Scotland is stunning... he did a great job on Portland's Japanese Garden
V&A Dundee - drone filming August 2018 from V&A Dundee on Vimeo.
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