Archive for August, 2011

Neutra’s Kronish House saved?

August 24, 2011

Richard Neutra’s Kronish House has been temporarily spared from a planned demolition until October 10 to give the local community time to present a restoration plan. In April, the historic Beverly Hills house was sold as a $14 million ‘tear down’ but pressure from the  community as well as the LA Conservancy, American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, stalled the demolition plans of the new owners. To stay up-to-date on this story, follow the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design blog and biography of media coverage. Take a photographic tour (via Curbed Los Angeles) of the Kronish House as it exists today in its run-down condition.
(sources: LA Now, August 3, 2011; ArchDaily, August 18, 2011)

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Change to ARTstor downloading procedures

August 24, 2011

This past Monday, ARTstor modified its log in requirements: all ARTstor users are now required to log in to download images regardless of their IP address. Before August 22, UCD campus users could download images without registering; now, all campus users will be required to register and then log in. Registrations made at public terminals will expire at the end of each day.
Other recent changes include batch download to PowerPoint, mouse-over to view larger images, and compatibility with Firefox 5.

Ancient building excavated in Meroë

August 16, 2011

© Royal Ontario Museum

Archaeologist are excavating what appears to be the remains of the oldest known building in Meroë, Sudan. Meroë, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the capitol and center of the Kush Kingdom during the Meroitic period (ca. 350 BCE to 300 CE). Radiocarbon dating indicates that this building, possibly an early palace or administrative center buried beneath a royal palace, dates to 900 BCE.  According to archaeologists, the presence of this ancient building indicates that an early temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun also may have existed on this site.  (source: LiveScience, August 5, 2011)

The latest on the Spiral Jetty

August 11, 2011

Artnet News announced yesterday that the Dia Foundation is finalizing an agreement with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands over the lease of the 10-acres of state owned land on which Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty is situated. The Dia is establishing a Special Use Lease with Utah after its 20-year lease expired in February amid rumors that the foundation failed to make payments and was on the verge of loosing control of the seminal earthwork.
The issue of ownership and control of the iconic earthwork is a fascinating study in itself. If you want to read more, go to the Salt Lake Tribune (June 23, 2011 and July 22, 2011) , the Hyperallergic blog (June 14, 2011 and August 6, 2011) and Artinfo.

Calling all compulsive taggers

August 1, 2011

© Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is looking for a few good taggers — 50 taggers to be exact — to participate in some crowd-source photo tagging.  Hoping to make its archives more accessible, and take advantage of the fact that many of us spend too much time in front of our computers, Magnum Photos is initiating a collaborative annotation project and is looking for volunteer taggers who love photography and want to help shape its site into an online community.  At present, Magnum has 500,000 images online but only 200,000 have information attached to them.  If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up now to become a Magnum tagger. (source: James Estrin, “Crowd-Sourcing the Magnum Archive,” Lens, July 26, 2011)