Category Archives: DESIGN

OSCAR TUAZON — MICHIGAN WATER SCHOOL

This is the closing weekend for OSCAR TUAZON—WATER SCHOOL at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

“In 1968, engineer and inventor Steve Baer self-published the Dome Cookbook, a treatise on mathematics, do-it-yourself architecture, and off-the-grid living. Three years later he created his Zome Home in the foothills overlooking Albuquerque. The house remains one of the earliest modern examples of passive solar architecture; the sun’s energy is collected during the day and stored in drums of water installed in large, bay windows, which then provide heat during the night.

“This unique structural system, and the larger countercultural DIY building and environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, form the basis for Tuazon ’s latest conceptual and material research. For his exhibition at MSU Broad—curated by Steven L. Bridges—Tuazon continues his investigations of the relationship between art, architecture, and environmental sustainability, with specific consideration of the exhibition’s immediate context: Michigan and the Great Lakes region.”*

The Water School has grown out of thinking about what role art making can play in building community and culture. Oscar Tuazon

“As the title suggests, Tuazon will initiate the latest version of his Water School, while also bridging the conversation in Michigan with the artist’s schools in California and Minnesota. These schools are spaces for formal and informal learning, opportunities to specifically address water, land rights, and other socio-environmental issues, connecting local concerns with national and global conversations.”*

OSCAR TUAZON—WATER SCHOOL*

Through August 18.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Above images: Oscar Tuazon, Water School, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019, photography by Eat Pomegranate Photography. Below: Oscar TuazonZome Alloy, 2016, plywood, aluminum sheeting, and hardware, courtesy and © the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.


THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

THE LEHMAN TRILOGYStefano Massini’s acclaimed epic of immigrant commerce, high finance, and spectacular ruin—stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles as a cast of dozens across a century and a half of ascendancy while remaining the three Lehman brothers—Henry, Meyer, and Emanuel—who stepped off the boat in 1844, landing in the “magical music box” of America.

The original five-hour version premiered in Paris in 2013, and went on to Milan, where it was first seen by director Sam Mendes. Shortened to a little over three hours, adapted into English by Ben Power, and designed by by Es Devlin, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY is on the West End boards for one more month. Fortunately for local audiences, over the next several months L.A. Theatre Works will present six encores of the National Theatre Live presentation.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY—NT Live

Saturday, July 27.

Sunday, July 28, August 4, August 25, and September 8.

Saturday, November 23.

All presentations at 3 pm.

James Bridges Theater

Melnitz Hall, UCLA

235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

Through August 31.

Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street, Soho, London.

The Lehman Trilogy, from top: Simon Russell Beale (2); Beale (left), Ben Miles, and Adam Godley; Miles, Beale, and Godley; Godley; Miles, Godley, and Beale; Miles; Beale, Miles, and Godley; Godley, Beale, and Miles. Photographs by Mark Douet. Images courtesy and © the photographer, the performers, the designer, and the National Theatre.

OLIVER PAYNE AND MARTINE SYMS AT OOGA BOOGA

For two of its last public events before closing shop for good, OOGA BOOGA welcomes Oliver Payne and Martine Syms for in-store appearances, conversation, readings, music, and a trunk show.

OLIVER PAYNE and SAFE CRACKERS

Saturday, July 20, from 4 pm to 6 pm.

MARTINE SYMS and DOMINICA PUBLISHING

Sunday, July 21, from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Ooga Booga

943 North Broadway, suite 203, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

From top: T-shirt designed by Oliver Payne; Borrowed Lady—Martine Syms, the third in Simon Fraser University Gallery’s Critical Reader Series from Syms’ exhibition, on view at the Audain Gallery from October 13 to December 10, 2016; Ooga Booga (2); exterior view of Borrowed Time—Martine Syms, Audain Gallery, SFU, Burnaby, British Columbia. Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, Ooga Booga, and Simon Fraser University.

SAN FRANCISCO ART BOOK FAIR

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to stop by the art book fair this weekend.

SAN FRANCISCO ART BOOK FAIR

Friday through Sunday, July 19 through 21.

1275 Minnesota Avenue, San Francisco.

From top: Shannon Ebner, A Side, 2018, original floor design by Elizabeth LeCompte from the Wooster Group’s production Early Shaker Rituals: A Record Album Interpretation, photographed at the Performing Garage, New York City, July 5th, 2018, courtesy Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Luca Antonucci, IO print, two-color silkscreen on fluorescent paper, edition of 24, courtesy Colpa Press, San Francisco; Lee Friedlander, Arkansas, 1961, in Signs, Fraenkel Gallery; Carolee Schneemann, Uncollected Texts, 2018, courtesy Public Information and Artbook/D.A.P.; Stéphanie Gygax, People in a Faraday Cage, courtesy Side Issues, Zürich; William S. Burroughs, Roosevelt After Inauguration, and Other Atrocities, City Lights, San Francisco, 1979, courtesy G.F. Wilkinson Books, Grass Valley, California; Joshua Leon, Howie Street Quadruplet, courtesy The Everyday Press; Linda Zeb Hang/WAY WZA, Pattern Erosion, 2018, carvings on raised mesh canvas, courtesy Fist, California; Colorists 1950–1965, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1965, courtesy Modlitbooks, California; Lucy Lippard, 4,492,040, 2012, courtesy New Documents, California. Images courtesy and © the artists, writers, and publishers.

BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS AT THE GETTY

“The aim is an alliance of the arts under the wing of great architecture.” — Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus

BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS, now at the Getty Center, celebrates the centenary of the founding of the school in Weimar.

The exhibition “reexamines the founding principles of this landmark institution,” considering the school’s “early dedication to spiritual expression and its development of a curriculum based on elements deemed fundamental to all forms of artistic practice.”*

BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS*

Through October 13.

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

From top: Léna Bergner, Durchdringung (Penetration) for Paul Klee‘s course, circa 1925–1932, © the heirs of Léna Bergner; Walter Gropius, undated photograph by Lucia Moholy, © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Gerd Balzer, Color wheel for Vassily Kandinsky’s Preliminary Course, 1929, gouache on paper, pasted on black paper; Material exercises in paper (2), photographs by Alfred Ehrhardt, circa 1928–1929, © Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung; Erich Mzozek, Study for Vassily Kandinsky’s Farbenlehre (Course on color), circa 1929–1930, collage with gouache on paper, © Estate Erich Mrozek; Léna Bergner, Carpet design, circa 1925–1932, © the heirs of Léna Bergner; Joost Schmidt, Form and color study, circa 1929–1930; Benita Koch-Otte, Einfamilienwohnhaus auf der Ausstellung des Staatlichen Bauhauses (Single-family house at the exhibition of the State Bauhaus), 1923, Georg Muche, architect, 1923, from Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919–1923 (Munich: Bauhausverlag, 1923), p. 165, courtesy and © Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel; Lyonel Feininger, Villa am Strand (Villa on the shore), 1921, from Bauhaus Drucke: Neue Europaeische Graphik, Erste Mappe [first portfolio], Meister d. Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar (Potsdam: Müller, 1921), © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Ringl + Pit (Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach), Bald Head (Johannes Itten), 1930, printed 1985, The Jewish Museum, © Ringl + Pit, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery, New York; Hilde Reindl, Color wheel and tone study for Paul Klee’s Course, circa 1927. Images courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.