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Newsletter | January 2022
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AAO Public Programs Network Call Feb. 18

If you actively manage lectures, public programs, or events, please join us for our first check-in call of the New Year. With no end to virtual programs any time soon but experiments already underway for hybrid programming as well as the return of in-person events, now is a good time for sharing our success stories and identifying questions where we might seek advice from fellow colleagues in the field.

RSVP today for the Public Programs Network Zoom meeting.

Host: Michael Wood, AAO Executive Director
Date: Friday, February 18, 2022
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm EST
RSVP

Member News Briefs

  • The World Around Summit 2022, presented in partnership with the Het Nieuwe Instituut, takes place at the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and also online on Saturday, February 5.
  • Solar panels installed at the Bear Run Nature Reserve (the 1500 acres that surround Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater) provide enough electricity to offset power used by Fallingwater’s main house and guest house.
  • As a way to get to know AAO's newest member organization, check out Storefront Manitoba's 2021 Year in Review and concise mission, vision, and objectives statements.
  • Congratulations to AIA Houston's Rusty Bienvenue for being named the AIA 2022 CACE Director (Council of Architectural Component Executives).
  • The “Y/OUR Denver” online photo show, presented by the Denver Architecture Foundation and Colorado Photographic Arts Center, has received glowing praise from The Denver Post. It “gives us a new way of appreciating things we take for granted” and the exhibition "does digital right." (Online exhibit through February 28.)
  • The Design Trust for Public Space's latest fellowships prioritize arts organizations and artists in historically marginalized and underinvested neighborhoods. The call for Turnout NYC: Communications and Storytelling & Evaluation and Assessment fellows has been extended to February 4.

Design Miami connections to AAO members and conferences

Maria Cristina Didero is the new Curatorial Director of Design Miami/, which includes fairs in Miami, Basel, and starting this October, Paris. While with Snarkitecture, Didero curated the Fun House installation at the National Building Museum (pictured above).

In other Design Miami/ news, check out Germane Barnes monthly column "What's Good, G?" for commentary from our Design Matters 2021 Conference keynote. By the way, congratulations to Germane on his latest accolade, being awarded the 2022 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship.

Changing views on curatorial authority

The New York Times article "Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum?" caught our attention because it explores issues of curatorial authority that we discussed at the 2021 Design Matters Conference "Who tells the story of architecture?" session.

Museums, publications, and other public-facing institutions are beginning to address cultural bias by including a variety of voices and interpretations. Pictured above, this museum label at the New York Historical Society includes interpretations from the curator, a real estate developer, and a former steelworker.

A prime example of this from the AAO world is the "30 Objects in 30 Days" project from London Festival of Architecture, which showcases 30 different perspectives on the annual theme. By the way, this year's LFA theme is "act" and the call for entries is now open.

Wry commentary on the built environment

When we came across artist Sarah Ross’s Archisuits, we appreciated how they instantly made an impression. As impractical as they may be, they make for witty criticism of hostile architecture.

From the artist: "Archisuit consists of an edition of four leisure jogging suits made for specific architectural structures in Los Angeles. The suits include the negative space of the structures and allow a wearer to fit into, or onto, structures designed to deny them."

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