UC Clermont Exhibit Explores Historic Angles of Modern Architecture

Collecting Space and Form Exhibit

Collecting Space and Form Exhibit

Modernist architecture is on full display at UC Clermont College now through Dec. 13 as part of “Collecting Space and Form: Ideas of the Modern,” featuring exhibits from the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati’s Uptown campus.

In the mid-20th-century, Cincinnati architects created buildings and planning of local, national and international importance. Cincinnati played a significant, but largely unrecognized, role in the introduction of International Style Modernist architecture to the United States.

The DAAP library has been collecting and archiving drawings, photographs and other materials related to Cincinnati Modernist architecture since 2008. This exhibit focuses specifically on Cincinnati Modernist architect Woodie Garber, who had an important though sometimes tense relationship with the University. In the late 1960s-70s, Garber created a master plan and designed several buildings for UC. Two of his buildings were built: the Sander Hall dormitory complex and Procter Hall for the College of Nursing and Health. Sander Hall dormitory was demolished (though its adjacent cafeteria building survives, repurposed for new uses) and Procter Hall has been re-clad and remodeled. Garber also interacted with UC by employing many DAAP architecture students as cooperative education interns in his office and hiring some after their graduation.

Further emphasizing the breadth of UC’s collection are artists’ books from the DAAP Library focusing on the link between art and language. This selection of modern works from UC’s vast collection links the ideas of space and form, from the archival aspects of architecture, to the collecting of the three-dimensional as it meets in the two-dimensional within artists’ books.

The show was curated by Patrick Snadon, UC professor emeritus, design and architectural historian; Elizabeth Meyer, DAAP librarian; and Carla Cesare, assistant professor of art history.

The Park National Bank Art Gallery is located in the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia at 4200 Clermont College Drive. Gallery summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more than 20 years, the spacious 1,000-square-foot gallery has offered visual art exhibits open to UC Clermont students, faculty, staff and the general public.

200 Years of Curation Exhibit – DAAP Library Highlight

DAAP Library Portion of Two Hundred Years of Curation Exhibit

DAAP Library Portion of Two Hundred Years of Curation Exhibit

Women Directed, Women Curated

The Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning has been collecting artists’ books since 1970, and a portion of these books are on display at the Two Hundred Years of Curation exhibit. Artists’ books come in many forms, among them: a traditional codex, a stack of playing cards, a flip book, a tunnel book, and a scroll. Some forms toy with the boundaries of how a book is read, inviting more active participation by the reader than reading alone and some forms cross the boundaries into a more sculptural realm. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects.

The DAAP Library’s collection includes works by many famous artists: Sol LeWitt, Edward Ruscha, Dieter Roth, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and others. The collection also comprises several hundred hand-crafted books, many of which serve as excellent examples of fine binding and book illustration and reflect a focus on the artistic movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Recent efforts in collecting reflect the collectors’ interests in sculptural form, identity politics in relation to race and gender, and other recent artworld trends.

In celebration of the centennial of woman’s suffrage, all of these selections on display were created by women artists, and selected by women librarians.

Another view of DAAP Library Portion of Two-Hundred Years of Curation

Another view of DAAP Library Portion of Two-Hundred Years of Curation

Albrecht Dürer: A Reformation-Era Artist @ DAAP Library

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Created in collaboration with Richard Schade, Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Albrecht Dürer: A Reformation-Era Artist coincides with the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Exhibition, Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The images and text, selected and written by Schade, align Dürer’s creative experience with the experiences of current DAAP students, and summarizes some of Dürer’s most famous works.

Albrecht Dürer: A Reformation-Era Artist will be on display at the DAAP Library until December 3rd.

Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance starts Friday, November 17th, and will be on view until February 11th at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Art Referential: Catherine Richards

DAAP Library Display Case

DAAP Library Display Case

Art isn’t created in a vacuum, and Art Referential justifies this. Art Referential doesn’t just highlight an artist’s work; it also highlights the rich resources the artist is pulling from.

The second installment of Art Referential highlighted DAAP School of Design Professor, Catherine Richards. We asked Catherine three questions, and these were her answers:

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Art Referential: Emil Robinson

DAAP Display Case

DAAP Display Case

What ideas are you currently considering/ pursuing?

My work is concerned with interior space. I was raised conservative Catholic and so one of the first and most enduringly beautiful spaces for me is the inside of a church. This space is psychologically complicated as it is supposed to be a place of worship where God is accessible. A place of ritual prayer and even magic. Even though I am less religious now, the idea of space for worship is very important to me. I am trying to paint spaces that feel holy and mystical.

The paintings on display in the showcase are the result of two kinds of interior space. A simple description of a shallow room references the chapels found in early churches in Europe. I include windows into a deeper dark space in some of paintings to create questions in the viewers mind about the reality of what they are seeing. The abstract patterns that fill the paintings are done in a state not unlike automatic writing, where the shapes are almost forms- they remind me of writing words and drawing pictures at the same time- Like the alphabet of a foreign language. When these two things are combined they create tension between legible space and fanciful decoration.

Who are your favorite artists and why?

My favorite artists are Italian painters from the 13th and 14th centuries before the height of the renaissance such as Giotto and Sassetta, and the Indian painters from the 16th century through the beginning of the 19th century primarily from the Mughal Court. These artist all made richly colored and highly personal depictions of real and fantastic events. The lack of coherent linear perspective in many works produced exquisite and creative spatial compositions that are lost with the bombast of later developments. Another point of influence are the incredibly focused paintings made by Tantric Hindu artists. Of course there are many other modern and contemporary precedents, but these non traditional painters are my very favorite.

What books, blogs, magazines, etc., do you reference the most and why?

I love going into the beautiful Daap library and looking at the magazines Frieze, Artforum, Modern Painters, and Art in America to name a few-these magazines have the requisite pretty pictures for me to keep my eyes tuned, and also some thoughtful writing occasionally. The real treasures are upstairs in the shelves… If you are a student, you owe it to yourself to spend a few hours. There are just too many favorites to list. Online I love the blogs: Painters Table, Hyperallergic, and Artcritical.

Emil Robinson is a professor in DAAP’s School of Design. His works are currently on display just outside the DAAP Library.

Andy Warhol’s Little Red Books

Warhol Red-Book

Warhol Red-Book

Before you purchase your own reproduced box of Andy Warhol’s Little Red Books, you can sample DAAP Library’s copy for free. It contains 11 facsimiles of Warhol’s original red Holson Polaroid Albums, and a 12th little black book index with an essay by the celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier.

There are over 100 original Red Books. Each are unique collections of polaroids Warhol took of associates, friends, and celebrities, at gatherings, shoots, and getaways, that he carefully cataloged and curated. Many of these polaroids were source material for later works. Although Warhol left behind almost 40,000 polaroids, only a fragment are contained in these little books.

Original Red Books can be found in institutions all over the world, and are predominantly gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Both the Cleveland and Toledo museums of art have one in their collections. Meanwhile, you can make an appointment to see Warhol Red Books, and other materials in DAAP Library’s Special Collection via email (keloni.parks@uc.edu).

 

Publication from Local Photographer, Tom Schiff, Explores Columbus, Indiana

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Cincinnati panoramic Photographer, Tom Schiff, is well-known for his colorful,oblong books of panoramic photographs. Often, the subject of Schiff’s photographs are the visually interesting landmarks, buildings, and places in and around Cincinnati and Ohio. Schiff’s newest photo book project, Columbus, Indiana: Midwestern Modernist Mecca (Skira Rizzoli, 2013), takes the reader/viewer on a wonderful tour around the little town in Indiana that has some of the most extraordinary examples of modernist architecture you’ll ever lay eyes on. Schiff not only offers readers/viewers a glimpse inside of beautiful places, such as the Miller House by Eero Saarinen (1957), but his unique style and craft allows us to see things in a different way. Whether you are traveling for research or leisure, Schiff’s new book, available for check out at the DAAP Library, is a wonderful resource for preparing for your next architectural pilgrimage to Columbus (Indiana).

~Jennifer Krivickas, Head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

 

 

The DAAP Library: New & improved meeting & study spaces!

The DAAP Library now has several group studies for you to use for group or individual study, meetings, presentations, reviews, and teaching!

On the main (500) level, there are two:

The Seminar Room at the DAAP Library

The Seminar Room: This instructional room seats 25-30 and is equipped with HD projection & a sound system, a new DVD/VHS player, and PC that you can use or disconnect to connect your own Mac or PC. The Seminar Room should be booked in advance by visiting or calling the main desk in the DAAP Library (556-1335).

 

The Eames Room at the DAAP Library

The Eames Room: As an homage to famed designers, Charles & Ray Eames, this room is fully appointed with Eames furniture manufactured by Herman Miller and Vitra. This room seats 12 and is also equipped with projection & sound, a DVD/VHS player, and a PC that you can use or disconnect to connect your own Mac or PC. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.

On the upper (600) level, there are two more rooms for your use:

The DAAPThinks Tank at the DAAP Library

The DAAPThinks Tank: This room is appointed with George Nelson chairs, an Eames table, and seats 12. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.

 

 

 

The Special Collection Reading Room at the DAAP Library

The Special Collections Reading Room: Like the DAAPThinks Tank, this room is appointed with George Nelson chairs, an Eames table, and seats 12. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.