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5
Jan
2016

Labyrinths Offer Homeowners a Pathway to Peace

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“All I asked for was just a little place to walk the walk,” said Ruth Ann Harnisch, a 65-year-old philanthropist.

What she got—after a massive, two-year earthwork project at her home in New York’s Hamptons—is an 86-foot tripartite path of hand-cut stone, set in lush fescue grass.

It took 5,000 square feet of North River bluestone to create the intricately winding walkway—called a labyrinth—which has 18 looping turns and is encircled by a 300-foot-long fieldstone wall. The pavers were set in dry-pack mortar on top of concrete wire mesh, to hold them in place. An underground irrigation system was installed to keep the grass bright and shaggy.

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1
Dec
2015

Sylvia Chivaratanond named the first Suzanne Deal Booth Adjunct Curator of American Art

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The Centre Pompidou Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvia Chivaratanond as the first Suzanne Deal Booth Adjunct Curator of American Art for the Centre Pompidou and the Centre Pompidou Foundation.  In her new role, Ms. Chivaratanond will work closely with members of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and the Centre Pompidou in Paris to develop and support their expanding programs of acquiring and seeking donations of American art.

Art historian, independent curator and critic Ms. Chivaratanond holds art history degrees from Leicester University and UCLA.  Her notable curatorial projects include exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Tate Gallery in London and the 2003 Venice Biennale. Over the past ten years she has overseen exhibitions and publications with contemporary artists including Dan Graham, Cady Noland, Christian Marclay, Isaac Julien, Robert Gober, Matthew Barney, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Sturtevant, James Lee Byars, and Bas Jan Ader. Read more 

13
Feb
2015

Sight and Sound

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Architecture is frozen music, and music is liquid architecture, or so said the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It’s hard not to see the truth in those analogies at artist James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace.

Its 72-foot-square white roof seems to float above a grassy hill that calls to mind a low-slung Mayan temple. Inside the berm, a cozy room lined with pink granite benches invites visitors to ponder the heavens through an opening, or aperture, in the ceiling. The whole effect is best experienced in the morning or evening twilight. That’s when an LED-light sequence created by Turrell projects colorful hues onto the ceiling, dragging the sky to earth. The goal, in Turrell’s own words, is “to create an experience of wordless thought.”

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