Urban China: Informal Cities is an exhibition that explores the dynamic and innovative convent of Urban China, the only magazine published in China devoted to issues of urbanism. The magazine’s global, cross-disciplinary network of correspondents and collaborators merge rigorous methods of data collection and analysis of rapidly developing cities in China with witty graphic representations of their findings. This installation will include a built environment of reclaimed construction materials; a massive wall graphic combining photographs, found images, numerical data, and maps; a Flash-based, user-navigable database of photographs; and a selected collection of past issues of Urban China magazine. This exhibition is curated by Benjamin Godsill, Curatorial Associate, New Museum.
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Conversations on Urban China with Sylvia Lavin Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD programs in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Sylvia Lavin engages artists, architects, and curators in a series of lively discussions on how cities are increasingly molded by images rather than buildings; on whether art and architecture are converging to form an integrated type of cultural consumption; and if the concept of the masterpiece has finally been destroyed by the sheer quantity of global design production.
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm Jeffrey Kipnis & Thom Mayne Jeffrey Kipnis is professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and architecture/design curator for the Wexner Center for the Arts. Thom Mayne, Professor, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is principal of Morphosis, founded as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research.
Wednesday, April 29, 7pm Doug Aitken & Catherine Opie Widely known for innovative installations such as Sleepwalkers, presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2007, Doug Aitken utilizes a wide array of media and artistic approaches, leading us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Catherine Opie is engaged in issues of documentary photography and in how aspects of identity and collective behaviors are shaped by architecture. A Professor of Photography at UCLA, Opie was featured in a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2008.
Tuesday, May 19, 7pm Hou Hanru & Qingyun Ma An art critic and international curator, Hou Hanru is also the director of exhibitions and public programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent curatorial projects include the 10th Istanbul Biennial and Trans(ient) City, 2007. Qingyun Ma is principal of the Shanghai-based design firm s.p.a.m., established in 1996. Since 2007 Ma has also served as dean of the USC School of Architecture, where he has enhanced the program by developing a number of global initiatives.
A leading figure in current debates, Sylvia Lavin is known for her scholarship in contemporary architecture and design. She has published in leading journals of the field, and her book Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture was published in 2005.
All Hammer Public Programs are free. ABOUT THE THREE MUSEUM (3M) PROJECT Urban China: Informal Cities is part of the Three M Project----a series by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, to commission, organize, and co-present new works of art. Urban China: Informal Cities is part of the Three M Project—a series organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the New Museum, New York, to commission, organize, and co-present new works of art. The Three M Project is sponsored by The exhibition is curated by Benjamin Godsill, Curatorial Associate, New Museum.
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