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National Gallery In DC Will Close East Building All Spring

The I.M. Pei-designed wing, which contains the museum’s collection of Modern and contemporary art, will shut down from the end of February through June in order to replace the 23,000-square-foot skylight in the atrium. – DCist
Tags: Art, Visual, Pei


Roger Mandle, Who Ran RISD And Co-Founded Qatar’s Museums, Dead At 79

As director of the Toldeo Museum of Art, he organized a pathbreaking (and record-breaking) El Greco exhibition. As president of the Rhode Island School of Design, he built a new museum and quadrupled the endowment. And when a member of the Qatari royal family was determined to turn Doha into an international art destination, she hired him to direct the Qatar Museums Authority, where he oversaw the new Museum of Islamic Art (designed by I.M. Pei) and National Museum of Qatar (designed by Jean No...
Tags: Art, Qatar, People, Doha, Pei, Jean Nouvel, El Greco, Rhode Island School of Design, National Museum of Qatar, 01.19.21, Roger Mandle, Toldeo Museum of Art, Qatar Museums Authority


Take Immersive Virtual Tours of the World’s Great Museums: The Louvre, Hermitage, Van Gogh Museum & Much More

Can you remember when you last visited a museum? Even if you didn't much care for them before the time of the coronavirus, you're probably beginning to miss them right about now. At least the internet technology that has kept our communication open and our entertainment flowing — and, regrettably for some, kept our work meetings regular — has also made it possible to experience art institutions through our screens. Here on Open Culture we've previously featured many such online art s...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Japan, London, College, Mexico, France, Russia, Spain, Museums, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican, Salvador Dalí


Legacy: IM Pei’s Remarkable Concert Hall

Scott Cantrell: “Thirty years later, week after week, I still marvel at the acoustics of my favorite modern symphony hall — maybe my favorite of any age. The sound seems a physical, tactile presence in the room; one senses it moving around, expanding and exploring and inhabiting spaces both seen and unseen.” – Dallas News
Tags: Art, Music, Pei, Scott Cantrell, 05.23.19


Architect I. M. Pei, 102

M r. Pei was probably best known for designing the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the glass pyramid that serves as an entry for the Louvre in Paris. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Washington, People, Paris, Louvre, Pei, National Gallery of Art, 05.16.19


30 Years On, Looking Back At The Fights Over The Louvre’s Pyramid

I.M. Pei’s glass structure may be a beloved icon now, but from the time the design was revealed to opening day, the resistance was ferocious. “A foreign body, showing such disregard for history.” “It’s not Dallas here!” One Académie Française member wrote an “appeal for insurrection.” And when Pei showed his design to the relevant national commission, his interpreter burst into tears. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Dallas, Visual, Pei, Académie Française, 03.29.19


Human-size spider web made of tape invites visitors to crawl inside

Tape may seem like an odd art medium to some, but one exhibition is changing minds by turning people into scurrying arthropods. Visitors to the Des Moines Art Center are getting lost inside this giant human-scale spider web made out of thousands of rolls of clear packing tape. The Tape art installation was created by art collective Numen/For Use and invites visitors to explore inside of the unusual suspended labyrinth. Tape is part of the museums’ Drawing in Space exhibit, which features four a...
Tags: Art, Design, Gallery, Art Installation, Pei, Des Moines Art Center, Numen/for Use, Tape Art, Interactive Art Installation, Spider Web Art, Tape Art Installation, Drawing in Space, Spider Art, Hanging Art, Tape Art Des Moines, Tape Structures


Will The Gulf States' Extravagant Cultural Projects Change The Story Of Art History?

"The museum, which opened in November, fits with a wider cultural movement in the Gulf. Over the past decade, the region has begun a sort of cultural arms race, one that counters its image as a wealthy desert with little culture or history. I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art opened in 2008 in Doha, and when it […]
Tags: Art, Doha, Issues, Museum Of Islamic Art, Pei, 12.05.17


Ivan Chermayeff, 1932-2017

Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff. I was saddened by the news that Ivan Chermayeff passed away on December 2nd, 2017 at the age of 85. While we never had the pleasure of meeting in person, Ivan and his colleagues Tom Geismar and Sagi Haviv have been gracious enough to share their thoughts and advice with me in my much shorter time as a graphic designer. In the words of his design partner Tom Geismar, “Ivan was a brilliant designer and illustrator, with a vibrant personal style that reflected jo...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, Boston, US, Designers, Showtime Networks, Montreal, Kennedy, Kurt Vonnegut, Pei, Ivan, US Europe, Smithsonian Institution, Mobil, Harper Collins


Ivan Chermayeff, rest in peace

Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff. I was sad to hear that Ivan Chermayeff passed away on December 2nd, 2017 at the age of 85. While we never had the pleasure of meeting in person, Ivan and his colleagues Tom Geismar and Sagi Haviv have been gracious enough to share their thoughts and advice with me in my much shorter time as a graphic designer. In the words of his design partner Tom Geismar, “Ivan was a brilliant designer and illustrator, with a vibrant personal style that reflected joy, intell...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, Boston, US, Designers, Showtime Networks, Montreal, Kennedy, Kurt Vonnegut, Pei, Ivan, US Europe, Smithsonian Institution, Mobil, Harper Collins


Jan Fontein, 89, Former Director Of Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston

"Dr. Fontein, a renowned Asian art curator and historian who restored the MFA to solid financial footing when he took over after a period of internal strife at the museum, ... ushered the institution into the modern era of museums as cultural marketplaces, overseeing the fund-raising and creation of the I.M. Pei-designed west wing that […]
Tags: Art, People, Pei, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 06.28.17, Jan Fontein, Fontein


Brand Identity Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie

Brand Identity Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie AoiroStudio Jun 12, 2017 We are taking a look at this brand identity project by Sid Lee for Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie located in Montreal, QC, Canada. I really do enjoy featuring projects coming from my own hometown. For this case, there is a mixture of visual identity and graphic design of this iconic monument of Montreal that was built in 1958 by I.M. Pei & Partners. Place Ville-Marie recently launched and...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Canada, Montreal, Pei, Sid Lee, Ville Marie, Brand Identity Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, Pei Partners Place Ville Marie, Montreal New York Paris Los Angeles, Alice Ware


An Exhibition of Crazy, Never-Built NYC Architectural Concepts

You might know that in the 1940s there were plans to build an airport right over Manhattan. But did you know that Buckminster Fuller wanted to build a climate-controlled dome over midtown in the 1960s? Or that in the 1880s, a pneumatic overhead railway was proposed for commuters? Or that I.M. Pei was commissioned to design a 1,500-foot skyscraper over Grand Central Station in the 1950s? These concepts and more are the subject of Never Built New York, an exhibition being developed at ...
Tags: New York, Design, New York City, Architecture, Manhattan, Exhibitions, Columbia University, Pei, Queens Museum, Grand Central Station, Buckminster Fuller, Never Built New York


Art Newspaper Sees Macron Victory Speech at Louvre as Indication of

The Art Newspaper interprets Emmanuel Macron’s victory speech in front of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre as a strong indication of the new president’s support for the arts in France, and his continued commitment to the country’s artists.  “By speaking in front of the pyramid, our new president chose a just symbol, that of the marriage of […]
Tags: Art, News, France, Louvre, Art News, Minipost, Emmanuel Macron, Pei


Milan Design Week 2017: Best in Glass

Just over a century ago, Paul Scheerbart noted that "the new glass environment will completely transform mankind, and it remains only to wish that the new glass culture will not find too many opponents." Captivated by Bruno Taut's 1914 glass pavilion, the writer painted a utopian picture of a crystalline future, equally panoramic and kaleidoscopic, all thanks to the transparent building material. Suffice it to say that he would have been chagrined to learn that visitors to, say, Massimiliano Fuk...
Tags: New York, Design, Milan, News, Berlin, Materials, Brooklyn, Portugal, Venice, Design Festivals, Pei, Gorham, John Hogan, Salone, Neri Oxman, Luca Nichetto


East Wing Of DC’s National Gallery Reopens After Three-Year Renovation

“The I.M. Pei-designed wing of the National Gallery, a monumental presence on the Mall, opened in 1978 with its geometric peaks and knife-sharp edges … After nearly 40 years, the building needed upgrades to both improve infrastructure and accessibility and to make room for the museum’s expanding collection.”
Tags: Art, Mall, Visual, Pei


Why is Sketching (Still) Important (To Design)?

Why sketching? What is it? And, why is it important to design? Design as a Process A conventional approach to understanding design and one that is often cited is from the classic book, Engineering Design Methods by Nigel Cross who subdivides the process as a series of linear, yet distinct activities; from concept to development to detail design. Of course, these sections may be thought of as iterative; not as linear as the model depicted in Figure 1 may suggest. Indeed, a process of design wi...
Tags: Business, Design, Case Study, Columns, Sketchnotes, Design.edu, Pei


French Artist Makes Louvre Pyramid ‘Disappear’ In Optical Illusion

Photo by Francois Mori / AP Photo The French street artist known as “JR” has made the Louvre Pyramid in Paris disappear in an optical illusion created by covering the huge glass structure with a trompe l’oeil photo installation depicting the museum that surrounds it. h/t: france24 Photo by Francois Mori / AP Photo The black and white installation, depicting the east side of the Napoleon courtyard, features on the front of the once-controversial pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect ...
Tags: Design, Paris, Napoleon, Louvre, Pei, Louvre Pyramid



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