Wednesday, April 15, 5:00 - 6:00. The Art Library will celebrate the publication of Professor Nicholas Adams' book: Gunnar Asplund's Gothenburg: The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interrwar Europe (Penn State, 2014). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a 50% discount. Refreshments.
Misbehaving: Artists' Books by Women Artists.. Vassar College Art Library. Through April 20. Includes works by Ida Appelbroog, Tauba Auerbach, Alice Aycock, Jessica Diamond, Rosemary Furtak, Barbara Kruger, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, and others.
Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center: To June 14.
The Vassar College Art Library is a rare example of a complete modernist interior from the pre-World War II period in the United States. Built in 1937, the interior was designed by John McAndrew, an architect as well as educator, who taught architectural history and drafting in the Vassar College Department of Art from 1931 to 1937.
The clarity, openness, and textured warmth of the space is in keeping with the American or what McAndrew termed a "naturalized" version of the machine aesthetic, which he would go on to promote in his role as Curator of the Department of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art between 1937 and 1942. The design also has elements in common with the streamline style of Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes. McAndrew's Art Department colleagues referred to this dynamic and forward-looking space as the expression of a new functionalism in architecture.
As a learning environment it was exactly that, an elegantly-crafted machine in which every surface, volume, and element was shaped and illuminated for the efficient appropriation of a knowledge of the history of art through group and individual study. McAndrew's space has now been carefully renovated to recover its original function through the introduction of new visualization technologies as well as through a restoration of the original interior on designs by another architect/educator, the late Paul Spencer Byard, and his partner Charles A. Platt, of the New York-based firm of Platt Byard Dovell White. To view a slideshow of the original space as it appeared in 1937, follow this link.
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ArtStor Image Library
Library Databases (Jstor, Muse, etc.)