The Micheels House, designed by Paul Rudolph, Westport, Connecticut, 1972-2007, by Chris Mottalini. Part of an exhibition and book signing for Mottalini’s project After You Left/They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes), at The Landing at Reform, in Hollywood. Opens Thursday at 7pm. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
- NYC: Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, at the International Center of Photography. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Tony Feher, at the Bronx Museum. Opens Sunday, in the Bronx.
- NYC: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul, at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
- NYC: William Anastasi: Sound Works 1963-2013, at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: City of Abstractions: Brett Weston in New York, 1944-45, at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Through January 10, in Midtown.
- Boston: Amy Sillman, one lump or two, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Thursday.
- Pittsburgh: 2013 Carnegie International, at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
- L.A.: Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman, Interference, at Track 16 (in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Opens today at 8:30pm, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Abelardo Morrell: The Universe Next Door, and At the Window: The Photographer’s View, at the Getty Museum. Through January 5, at the Getty Center in West L.A.
An image of Paul Rudolph’s Micheels House, in Westport, Conn., just prior to demolition. Part of the series After You Left, They Took It Apart, by photographer Chris Mottalini. The series will be on view at the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in conjunction with another Rudolph-themed show: An Architect’s Vision. The university’s arts center was designed by the architect. Opens next Tuesday, in Hamilton, N.Y. (Image courtesy of Mottalini.)
- Cleveland: Brian Ulrich: Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
- Plus, just in time for the hurricane, my NYC arts listings over at Gallerina.
Rudolph’s Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla. Built in 1958. (Photos by C-M.)
Sad news: The Sarasota, Fla. school board voted to demolish Paul Rudolph’s historic Riverview High School to make way for parking and ballfields, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports today. The decision was made largely because of a lack of funds needed to update the buildings to other uses. This ends a two year effort by preservationists to save the historic, Modernist high school. (See a view of the school in 1958 here.)
This is unfortunate for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that as Rudolph’s smaller structures are razed, it leaves us with ever fewer examples of the architect’s graceful early works, which, in my mind, are far more intriguing than his later buildings, which are all about concrete-heavy brutalism.
After the jump, more pix of RHS I snapped when I trespassed all over Sarasota last summer to check out the city’s trove of Modernist buildings.