R.I.P. Joan Sutherland, Stupenda.

From The Washington Post:

Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the greatest operatic sopranos of our time, died peacefully last night at her home in Switzerland after a long illness, according to a statement issued by her family.

She was 83 years old.

Called “La Stupenda,” she combined the heft of a Wagnerian singer with the agility and upper register of a coloratura soprano, leading to powerful interpretations of great bel canto roles that had lain dormant for decades — following in the wake of Maria Callas, who had spearheaded their initial revival.

Sutherland takes a bow after her performance in the operetta “The Merry Widow” in Dallas in 1989. (AP)
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Hans Weigand’s Deep Water Horizon

UCSD’s University Art Gallery will host an opening: September 30 5-8pm  Running dates: October 1 – November 27

(gallery closed November 11 and November 25-26)
Opening: September 30 5-8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday > Saturday 11 ­ 5pm

October 4: La Jolla at the Visual Arts Facility Performing Space at 6pm with discussion to follow with Juli Carson and Hans Weigand

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UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context

Beginning in the fall of 2010 and continuing throughout the university’s 50th anniversary year, the history and future development of UC San Diego’s built environment will be explored and celebrated in “UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context.” Highlights of the multi-part, collaborative project include a campus guidebook, a scholarly website, site-specific dance and theatre performances, and a year-long series of public lectures and moderated discussions at UCSD and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Click Here for  the Public Lecture and Moderated Discussion Series Schedule. And stay tuned for details on the Arts Library events showcasing UCSD architecture with book signings and displays of archival materials!

Venice Biennial and Film Fest

Read all about the Venice biennial, Here!

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YouTube Play

Guggenheim Museum + YouTube = Awesomeness.

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Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey: the Complete Results

Vanity Fair asked the world’s leading architects, critics, and deans of architecture schools two questions: what are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980, and what is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century. Here are the answers from 52 respondents.

Plus: See a portfolio of Architecture’s 21 Modern Marvels and a slide show of Frank Gehry’s major buildings.

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New Jenny Holzer in LV

Check out Jenny Holzer’s new massive scrolling text display across the Aria Parking lot in CityCenter in Las Vegas… loaded up with 200 Truisms like “It’s not good to operate on credit.” See the video!

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Le Petit Orchestre du Peuple to perform live score for Josephine Baker film May 23

UPDATE 5/18/10 blogging from gay paree!

Award-winning soundscape artist, musician, and entertainer extraordinaire Scott Paulson, is taking his innovative musical act, the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (TTPO), to Paris to perform at the Black France Film Festival on May 23. Paulson, who serves as UC San Diego Arts Library’s outreach coordinator and is a UCSD alumnus, has entertained thousands of fans at not-so-silent film screenings and TTPO performances at UCSD’s Geisel Library and various other venues.

At their Paris debut, Paulson and the TTPO will perform a live score composed by Paulson for Josephine Baker’s silent feature Siren of the Tropics. TTPO is adopting a French name for their Paris performance: Le Petit Orchestre du Peuple. The film will be introduced by UCSD Sociology Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette, director of the university’s African and African-American Studies Research Project (AAASRP) and the author of “Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and Image (2007), and “Black Paris: The African Writers’ Landscape (1998), among other publications.
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SANAA Wins 2010 Pritzker Prize

The Pritzer Architecture Prize, the profession’s most prestigious award, has been given to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the Tokyo–based architecture firm SANAA. In a citation that lauded the pair for their ability to create buildings where the “physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities, and landscapes,” the jury noted that their architecture stands “in direct contrast with the bombastic and rhetorical.”
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Royal Gold Medal for I.M. Pei

From Architecture Week:
The RIBA Royal Gold Medal for 2010 goes to an architect whose renown has been built over several decades of consistently producing a very particular kind of structure — often aspired to, rarely achieved.

The characteristic buildings of I.M. Pei stand serene with the elemental dignity of high modernism, while at the same time expressing both the dynamism of muscular structural sculpture and some deep subtle touches of sensitivity to context.

Given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition of an entire body of work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the sitting British monarch and is given to a person or group who has had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.”

In announcing the 2010 award for Pei, RIBA President Ruth Reed said, “The Royal Gold Medal has been called, often erroneously, a lifetime achievement award. Seldom has it been so true as it is in the case of I.M. Pei.

“At 92 he is that rarity, an officially retired architect,” Reed continued, “though there is still work in the pipeline to be delivered, work that will crown the extraordinary achievements of six decades in which he has reinvented the housing, gallery, and commercial building types. He is truly an inspiration for all architects.”
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