Pritzker Price in Architecture

Cityscapes: Tokyo-based duo win Pritzker Prize; recent works include Glass Pavilion in Toledo, New Museum in Manhattan

I’m a bit late with commenting on this as the announcement was made last Sunday, but the Pritzker committee decided to honor the Japanese team Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa together for the award. I love their work, and I think this is an awesome choice. They have done some absolutely breathtaking work!


How do I hate your tower? Let me count the ways

CBC News – Art & Design – Tower to spiral over London Olympics

I am really hoping that in practice this is better than it is in model form because I pretty much hate it. It makes me crabby, in fact. What do you think of Anish Kapoor’s sculpture?

May 100 years from now my opinion on this will be like all those who pooh-pooh’d the Eiffel Tower.


Grasses


In response to my post the other day about my favorite bat, one of my wonderful students emailed me to say that she didn’t realize that I had a favorite bat. She, too, it seems, is a bat enthusiast.

Among my other enthusiasm is grass. Yes, grass (no, not that kind of grass. You People). I’m a sucker for ornamental grasses in any landscape. So it was nice to read an op-ed in the New York TImes Olivia Judson, quickly becoming my favorite writer in their stable, on grasses:

Evolution by the Grassroots – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com


I’ve always rather felt a bit guilty about my fondness for grasses, as trying to maintain a Kentucky Bluegrass yard is a pretty big environmental bad in arid southern California. But there are plenty of grasses that don’t need the water, and many of them are beautiful, as well, and as Judson points out, useful as corridors for wildlife.


Going… Going… Green! Art in the Village

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Children from the USC Family of Schools artistically express how they can contribute to a greener environment.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Each academic year, the USC Fisher Museum of Art plans, curates and professionally installs four temporary student art exhibitions at the University Village Shopping Center Food Court for the Art in the Village program.

For this year’s first exhibition, elementary school kids belonging to the USC Family of Schools (32nd Street/USC Magnet, Alexander Science Center School, Foshay Learning Center, John Mack Elementary, Norwood Elementary, St. Agnes Parish School, St. Vincent Parish School, Vermont Avenue Elementary and Weemes Elementary) were invited to create and submit artwork fitting the theme “Going… Going… Green!”

Each exhibition kicks off with an opening reception honoring the 40 students with the best artwork. The children have the opportunity to speak with family, friends and community members about their work. They are congratulated for their achievements during an awards ceremony, at which they receive a certificate signed by Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.

Funded in part by a USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant, Art in the Village represents a partnership between the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the University Village Shopping Center and the USC Family of Schools.

Katherine Goar

goar@usc.edu

(213) 740-4561