In the last twelve years, the County Council of the Transylvanian City of Brasov pursues a series of punctual restorations of its remaining medieval walls, towers and bastions.
In 2008, the abandoned Drapers Bastion was also to be restored, covered by a roof and transformed into an indoor cafe. We persuaded the County Council to change the brief and to install an info center for Brașov fortifications. Instead of filling-up the old building, we proposed a tower inside a tower, a minimal and reversible intervention creating an exciting open and accessible space between the two structures. This public space is activated by the info center and by the outdoor promenade leading along the old walls and to the top.
The operation soon became the starting point of a bigger project: finding out forgotten or simply un- or ill used places in the area of the fortifications and proposing a strategy to turn them into a network of active public spaces: pedestrian routes (one of them connected to the Drapers Bastion), squares, pocket parks, roller skater hotspots etc.
The County approved the global project. While the Bastion has been finished, the public space network has been postponed for funding reasons.
Curators for the presentation at the Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Exhibition: Cosmina Goagea, Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Client: Brasov County Council
Address: Drapers Bastion (Bastionul Postăvarilor), Tiberiu Brediceanu Street, Brașov
Architects of the new building: (Justin Baroncea, Radu Enescu, Ada Demetriu, Vitalie Cataraga (Point4 Space), Constantin Goagea (Zeppelin / http://www.e.zeppelin.ro)
Project for the public space network : Justin Baroncea, Radu Enescu, Vitalie Cataraga, Mihai Burunția, Adrian Dobre, Dragoș Dragnea (Point4 Space), Constantin Goagea, Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Zeppelin / http://www.e.zeppelin.ro)
Photos: Cosmin Dragomir
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi, Victor Moller, John Fulford, Slade, Chris Coast, and Shane Guffogg.
On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the City of Lancaster's Museum of Art and History (MOAH) will open to the public. "The MOAH opening has been anticipated with great excitement," said Mayor R. Rex Parris. "It marks a new era for the City of Lancaster, providing the public with another spectacular venue where they can enjoy the arts. It also offers area artists a much-needed space in which to display their works."
Three main exhibitions will celebrate Lancaster and the entire Antelope Valley: Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art; Indians, Gold Miners and Gunslingers: A Look Back at Lancaster in the Old West; and The Painted Desert. In addition, while a side exhibit will showcase the work of local artist, Stevie Love.
Co-curated by Andi Campognone and Peter Frank, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, looks at the use of new and untraditional materials in the fabrication of art objects, many of which came directly from the aerospace industry. Smooth Operations will concentrate on the postwar years in and around Los Angeles, when experimentation with unorthodox—even radical—materials and qualities led to the emergence of movements such as "finish/fetish" and "light-and-space." Among the artists whose work will comprise Smooth Operations are Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Ronald Davis, Craig Kauffman, Judy Chicago, Roland Reiss, Norman Zammitt, Fred Eversley, Doug Edge, Lloyd Hamrol, Terry O'Shea and Jerome Mahoney. The work of several younger artists who investigate the qualities of synthetic materials, including Eric Johnson, Lisa Bartleson, Andy Moses, Thomas Pathe, Phillip K Smith III, Alex Couwenberg Ann Marie Rousseau and Eric Zammitt, will augment the main portion of the exhibition, gifted to the Museum by collectors Steve Eglash and Gisela Colon.
Indians, Gold Miners and Gunslingers: A Look Back at Lancaster in the Old West, curated by MOAH staff member Dr. Laurie Solis, is a visual timeline of the history of Lancaster utilizing artifacts and historic photographs from MOAH's permanent collection. This exhibition marks the first in a series of historical exhibitions which will highlight the Antelope Valley.
The Painted Desert, an exhibition focusing on the desert as subject, will include paintings from MOAH's permanent collection and works by artists from southern California celebrating our local landscape both in traditional and non-traditional painting styles.
MOAH is also proud to showcase the work of Antelope Valley artist Stevie Love as its first solo exhibition in the new location. Love's work will be shown in the ground floor Vault Gallery.
Founded in 1986 as the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, the current Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites, the Museum of Art and History and the Western Hotel Museum, Lancaster MOAH is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to preserving the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs.
Learning is at the core of Lancaster MOAH's mission. Collecting, exhibitions and programs are all undertaken in an effort to provide the residents of the Antelope Valley with a way of integrating art and history into their lives and taking away the lessons that these disciplines offer. By presenting quality exhibitions and programs, as well as providing proper care and preservation of works of art and artifacts relating to Antelope Valley history and culture, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History is the region's center for art and historical engagement.
For more information about the museum's grand opening activities please contact MOAH staff at (661) 723-6250 or email@example.com.
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :thuvanarts.com