The Architecture of Tadao Ando with Dr. Jennie Hirsh - Context Travel

The Architecture of Tadao Ando with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar examines the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, examining a selection of his renowned projects in tandem with both Eastern and Western influences on his work and life.

This seminar examines a number of key projects by Tadao Ando, who is best known for his minimalist structures and renovations that feature natural materials, such as concrete and glass, as well as his subtle but potent means of harnessing natural elements, such as light, water, and wind, as effective means to underscore the meditative spaces that he creates. U.S. Sites to be covered include the Pulitzer complex in St. Louis, the Stone Hill Center in Williamstown, and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. In addition, we will study the museum spaces of the the Pinault Foundation in Palazzo Grassi and Punto della Dogana in Venice, the Design Site museum in Tokyo, the Japanese Expo '92 pavilion in Seville, and the Church on the Water in Tomamu, Hokkaido.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will leave learners equipped to appreciate the planning behind and experience of Ando's awe-inspiring spaces. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appetite for visiting works by Ando in the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, and Japan.

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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    Fascinating look at architect Tadao Ando

    Only having visited one site designed by Tadao Ando in the US (the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis), Jennie Hirsch has inspired me to visit many more! I appreciate how Dr. Hirsh uses excellent photos interspersed with brief video clips to really give the viewer a sense of the works. I particularly enjoyed being able to "visit" a large variety of Tadao Ando's works, to better appreciate his recurring elements of choice like glass, concrete, and water. Really an excellent presentation! Looking forward to more in this architecture series with Dr. Hirsh.

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    Fascinating architecture lecture

    A well put together lecture which exposed us to many of Ando’s works we had not seen before. Visually compelling, it was good to hear more about the architect’s background and gain some sense of the chronology of his work. I would like to learn more and will check out the references that Jennie said she would post. Thanks for making the lecture accessible to enthusiasts (I suspect there were some architects in the audience too!).

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    Based on 3 reviews
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    Fascinating look at architect Tadao Ando

    Only having visited one site designed by Tadao Ando in the US (the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis), Jennie Hirsch has inspired me to visit many more! I appreciate how Dr. Hirsh uses excellent photos interspersed with brief video clips to really give the viewer a sense of the works. I particularly enjoyed being able to "visit" a large variety of Tadao Ando's works, to better appreciate his recurring elements of choice like glass, concrete, and water. Really an excellent presentation! Looking forward to more in this architecture series with Dr. Hirsh.

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    S.K.
    Fascinating architecture lecture

    A well put together lecture which exposed us to many of Ando’s works we had not seen before. Visually compelling, it was good to hear more about the architect’s background and gain some sense of the chronology of his work. I would like to learn more and will check out the references that Jennie said she would post. Thanks for making the lecture accessible to enthusiasts (I suspect there were some architects in the audience too!).

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