MAS Context Fall Talks 2015
Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz.

 

Lecture by Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik as part of the MAS Context 2015 Fall Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the historic Charnley-Persky House. This talk is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

After decades of stagnancy, Boston initiated a radical transformation in the 1960s under the banner of the New Boston. Controversial urban renewal programs and monumental architectural works like Boston City Hall, the Christian Science Center, and the Government Service Center were used to change a “hopeless backwater” into a modern, thriving city. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston presents the historical context, buildings, and architects—including luminaries such as Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Marcel Breuer—that defined Boston during this remarkable period. It outlines the compelling story of a city, a material, and a movement while considering anew this earlier generation’s legacies—both troubled and inspired. Many of the structures from this era have since suffered from neglect, misleading labels like “Brutalism,” and have fallen dramatically from public favor. Authors Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley will discuss their original civic-minded aspirations as well as the cultural and aesthetic implications of preservation today.

Chris Grimley is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. With expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications, the firm’s portfolio ranges in scale from books to cities. Chris is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and has designed books for Rockport Publications and Rizzoli Press. Mark Pasnik is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm’s portfolio includes buildings, exhibitions, urban designs, publications, and graphic projects for clients in the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Mark is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and an associate professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. For more information about over,under, please visit www.overcommaunder.com. You can read their contribution about Expo Boston ’76 from our Improbable issue.

 

This talk is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

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MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support

 

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MAS Context Fall Talks 2015
Nina Rappaport

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz.

 

Lecture by Nina Rappaport as part of the MAS Context 2015 Fall Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Chicago offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). This talk is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

Ezra Stoller: Photographer expands the understanding of Ezra Stoller, known primarily as an architectural photographer, to one whose oeuvre encompasses numerous subjects including industrial production. Rappaport co-edited a book with Erica Stoller (Ezra’s daughter) which was published by Yale University Press in 2012, featuring essays by different authors that place Stoller in a new light as an artist. Her talk will analyze both his architectural and industrial works as well as his relationship with photography in general. For more information about Ezra Stoller, please visit www.ezrastoller.com.

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the school’s book series. She directs the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes a traveling exhibition (Detroit, New York, Toronto, London, Lausanne), public programs, and a book published in 2015 by Actar. She curated exhibitions on Ezra Stoller in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, and Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She authored the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-edited the books Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space and Episode Books, 2008). She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse School of Architecture in New York, and Barnard College, among others. Her projects have received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US and NY/Tri-State. For more information about her, please visit www.ninarappaport.com.

 

This talk is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

 

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MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support

 

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Tour solarise | Luftwerk

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

On Wednesday, October 14, Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero from Luftwerk lead a private tour of their solarise installation as part of the MAS Context 2015 Fall Talks in Chicago.

 

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solarise: a sea of all colors is a celebration of the story, architecture and patrons of Garfield Park Conservatory. Inspired by the groundbreaking and innovative vision of Jens Jensen—the designer of the Conservatory and godfather of naturalistic landscape and conservatory design—Luftwerk’s series of art installations echo Jensen’s sentiment for public interaction with nature, highlighting and elevating the importance nature plays in society and urban planning.

A site-specific response to the Conservatory, solarise is comprised of five dynamic, immersive installations: The Beacon, Portal, Florescence, Seed of Light, and Prismatic. Each artwork invites visitors to interact with color, light, and nature in new perspectives, heightening awareness for the viewer’s natural surroundings, the relevance of Jensen’s visionary landscape, and the architectural and societal significance of the building and its grounds. solarise will be on display through September 22, 2016.

Luftwerk is the artistic vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk’s art practice focuses on the exploration of what makes a space a place and how art plays a vital role within urban and natural environments. With each individual project, Luftwerk discovers and accentuates the unique connections between architecture, environment and the communities, which interact within these places, transforming their experiences of space and site through light and sound. For more information about Luftwerk, please visit www.luftwerk.net. You can also watch videos of their lecture during the MAS Context 2014 Spring Talks series and their installation in Marina City’s rooftop from last summer.

Below are a series of images from Luftwerk’s solarise installation:

 

The Beacon

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The Beacon, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

Portal

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Portal, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 
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Portal, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © Peter Tsai. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

Florescence

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © Peter Tsai. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

Seed of Light

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © Peter Tsai. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

Prismatic

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Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk

 

This tour was presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

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MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support

 

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MAS Context Fall Talks 2015
Thomas Kelley

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz.

 

Lecture by Thomas Kelley as part of the MAS Context 2015 Fall Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the historic Charnley-Persky House. This talk is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

Norman Kelley is a draftsman who likes to draw on buildings. Most recently, NK has projected their line work onto the walls of four prestigious institutions: The American Academy in Rome, The Architectural League of New York, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and most recently, the Chicago Architecture Biennial. At each venue, the act of drawing was the event and the drawing itself is the architecture. A closer look reveals NK’s interest in context – the drawing a visual essay on the history of the site. Like a Bridget Riley painting, the drawings are designed to mask their precise beginnings and confound the observer into collapsing the gap between the analog and the digital.

Thomas Kelley (M. Arch Princeton University, B.Arch University of Virginia) was raised in Canberra, Berlin, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Oxford, Lima, and Washington D.C. Thomas is the recipient of the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and operates an architecture collaborative with Carrie Norman under the pseudonym Norman Kelley. The practice has been awarded the 2014 Young Architect’s Prize by the Architectural League of New York and their design work is currently represented by Volume Gallery in Chicago. For more information about Thomas Kelley, you can visit www.normankelley.us/. You can also read his article about Wrong Chairs from our Ordinary issue.

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