Sculpting Space: The Architecture of Frank Gehry with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Sculpting Space: The Architecture of Frank Gehry with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar surveys the career of Canadian-American deconstructivist architect Frank Gehry, examining residential, commercial, cultural, and other educational buildings in the cities located in both North America and Europe.

Beginning with Gehry House, the suburban California home that the architect renovated for his own family in California in 1977, this conversation will illustrate by example the original and forward-looking contributions that Frank Gehry has made to the built environment in North American and Europe. In retracing the evolution of Gehry's particular postmodern trajectory, we will study a selection of his buildings for their innovative structural and sculptural forms, focusing on a selection of projects, including Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (1989), the Olympic Fish Pavilion in Barcelona (1992), the Guggenheim Bilbao (1997), the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University (2002), the Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles, the renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario (2008) in Toronto, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis (1993 and 2011), the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2014), and, most recently, the innovative Core Project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will be unveiled this spring.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will provide a virtual tour of several of Gehry's touchstone works as well as situate him within the larger group of so-called deconstructivist architecture. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to visit his buildings across the globe.

This conversation is part of a series on architects with Dr. Jennie Hirsh. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

    Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

    This conversation is suitable for all ages.

    90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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    Christie Nelson (Austin, US)
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    Katrina Meredith (Austin, US)
    Inspiring Presentation

    I am inspired and better informed to visit and revisit some of the spaces created by Gehry.

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    Janet (San Diego, US)
    Learned a lot about "sculpted spaces" I've visited

    Jennie does a terrific presentation on an architect with a tremendous (long and impactful) body of work. I've been in many Gehry buildings and appreciate them all the more now. And I'm excited to see others in future travels. Jennie puts Gehry in the context of other architects and artists; teases out his major departures from past works; shows schematics/floor plans that tie convoluted exteriors to complex interiors. Jennie also answers questions and interacts with participants in a genuine and personable manner. I look forward to taking more seminars from her!

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    Laura (Longmeadow, US)
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    Much fun!!

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    Christie Nelson (Austin, US)
    Frank Gehry

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    Katrina Meredith (Austin, US)
    Inspiring Presentation

    I am inspired and better informed to visit and revisit some of the spaces created by Gehry.

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    Janet (San Diego, US)
    Learned a lot about "sculpted spaces" I've visited

    Jennie does a terrific presentation on an architect with a tremendous (long and impactful) body of work. I've been in many Gehry buildings and appreciate them all the more now. And I'm excited to see others in future travels. Jennie puts Gehry in the context of other architects and artists; teases out his major departures from past works; shows schematics/floor plans that tie convoluted exteriors to complex interiors. Jennie also answers questions and interacts with participants in a genuine and personable manner. I look forward to taking more seminars from her!

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    Laura (Longmeadow, US)
    Gehry

    Much fun!!