Architecture Art Exhibits On Display

Published on Tue, February 10, 2009

The Marywood University Art Galleries will be hosting two architecture exhibitions, FROZEN Music: Frank Gehry and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the Mahady Gallery, and BUILD. Pennsylvania Architects, in the Suraci Gallery. In addition, Architectural References, with selections drawn from The Maslow Collection and Curatorial Research Library, will be on display in the Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art.

FROZEN Music: Frank Gehry and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

This exhibit provides a comprehensive look into the world of Frank Gehry through its emphasis on a single project: the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The completion of the project represents one of Gehry's greatest successes in combining architecture and sculpture as a single art. Drawings and photographs loaned from Gehry Partners demonstrate the wide range of solutions that were studied in the process of making design decisions and the fabrication of complex shapes. Accompanying images by photographer Gil Garcetti capture the raw beauty of the concert hall during construction and document the completed work of architecture.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1929, Frank Owen Gehry began his career shortly after college, working from within a number of architectural firms. Today, he enjoys worldwide acclaim, operating his own architectural firm with a staff of over 140 people. Gehry Partners, based in Los Angeles, has emerged from a time during which Mr. Gehry experimented with humble materials on small buildings and has arrived at a point where the firm can choose from among the most desirable projects. Since starting his company in 1962, Mr. Gehry has gradually developed a personal vocabulary that blends a sculptural design approach with an understanding of contemporary art. In the 1990's, he chose to embrace sophisticated computer software, making possible projects like the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. While armed with a large company, Frank Gehry remains personally involved in the design of every project undertaken by the firm.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a series of over 70 images by photographer Gil Garcetti, who was so fascinated by the choreography of workers assembling the concert hall's complex steel frame that he made it his personal mission to record their progress. Mr. Garcetti, who has spent much of his life as an urban photographer, returned after the building's completion to record a spectacular series of panoramic photos that portray the building as sculpture. In addition to his photography, Mr. Garcetti was the District Attorney in Los Angeles County from 1992-2000 and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His work has been shown all over the United States, and he remains active in politics, having recently completed a three-year term as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

Gil Garcetti will present a community talk on February 11, at 7 p.m., in the Comerford Theatre (Room 126), Center for Health and Natural Sciences.

BUILD. Pennsylvania Architects

Through an examination of Pennsylvania architects and their work, BUILD reveals architecture's intrinsic social dimension and its relevance to society. The exhibition is conceptualized, organized, and curated by Colleen Farry, a recent BFA graduate of Marywood's Interior Architecture Design program. Ms. Farry's driving force was to enable design students to have first-hand experience with various architectural firms engaged in diverse projects that have an impact in our region, as well as throughout the United States.

An electronic call for entries was sent through American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) chapters, requesting architects' submissions.. The submissions were carefully reviewed and selected by Farry, whose choices focused on variety and diversity in three categories: residential, community and commercial/interiors perspectives. The venture was made possible by the positive response, involvement and creativity of architectural firms from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

The participating firms include: Agoos|Lovera Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Digsau, Hemmler+Camayd Architects, Highland Associates, Interface Studio Architects, L2 Architecture, Quad 3 Group, The Palumbo Group and Wallace Roberts & Todd.

BUILD will be complemented by a panel discussion, Thought Process, on February 25 at 2 p.m. in the Suraci Gallery. A community talk presented by architect Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson will be held on March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Comerford Theatre (Room 126), Center for Health and Natural Sciences.

Architectural References

Rotating every two to three weeks, exhibitions in the Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art introduce the works in The Maslow Collection through a wide range of thematic and aesthetic installations. This exhibit will correspond with and expand upon the architectural dialogue being opened by the architecture shows running concurrently. Artists represented in Architectural References include Gordon Matta-Clark, Lee Friedlander, Dorothea Rockburne, Robert Rauschenberg, Jurgen Albrecht, and Frank Stella.

Admissions to the galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. For more information or directions, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2428, or visit the Art Galleries website.