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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library Wins World Monuments Fund Modernism Prize

RUS-Viipuri-glass-facadeThe 21-year-long project to restore Alvar Aalto‘s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (né Viipuri, Finland, before Stalin and co. took a fancy to it) has clinched the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, awarded biennially to an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark. The award will be made to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with Vyborg’s Central City Alvar Aalto Library. Previous winners of the prize—$10,000 and a limited-edition Barcelona chair created by Knoll especially for the occasion—include an architectural consortium that restored typhoon-ravaged Hizuchi Elementary School on Japan’s Shikoku Island and the team effort of Bierman Henket Architecten and Wessel de Jonge Architects to restore the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in the Dutch town of Hilversum.

The Aalto-designed library was completed in 1935. “An icon of twentieth-century architecture—with its distinctive sky-lighted roof, undulating wood-slatted lecture hall ceiling, and glass façade-enclosed staircase—the library at Viipuri is one of Aalto’s most important buildings from the years in which he was adventurously exploring a new modernist vocabulary; indeed, photographs of the building soon made him known around the world,” said jury chairman and MoMA veteran Barry Bergdoll, professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, in a statement issued today by the WMF. “The restoration organized and executed an impressive international campaign that has ensured the survival and revival of Aalto’s masterpiece by restoring it to its original function as a vibrant municipal library.” The prize will be presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on December 1 followed by a free public lecture.

Walker Art Center Celebrates 75 Years in 150 Seconds

The Walker Art Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of exhibitions and programs that highlight the institution’s distinctively curious ways. In less than three minutes, the below video rounds up 75 such questions in evocative, inspiring fashion. Those seeking answers can head to the Walker’s mesmerizing 75th anniversary website or Minneapolis, where Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, a special exhibition studded with greatest hits such as Edward Hopper’s Office at Night (1940), Franz Marc’s The Large Blue Horses (1911), Chuck Close’s Big Self Portrait (1967-68), and Yves Klein’s Mondo Cane Shroud (1961), is on view through September 11, 2016.

Inside New York Magazine’s Fashion Closet

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Cubes, the MediabistroTV series that takes you inside top media companies, got a tour of the venerable New York magazine recently. The chronicler of all things New York, which now boasts some of the top news, food, fashion and culture sites around, is nestled next to the Holland Tunnel. Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, shows you the wellness room, fashion closet, and an area affectionately called Scriberia.

Design Jobs: Jet.com, Forbes, Zinio

This week, Jet.com is hiring a visual designer, while Forbes is seeking an associate designer. Zinio needs a graphic designer, and MakerBot is on the hunt for a digital art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Don’t Miss Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Irrelevant Yet Critical Halloween Party

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Costumes from Storefront’s 2013 “corporate avant-garde”-themed Critical Halloween included, from left: Christian Wasmmann as “The Idea Man,” and Hayes Slade and friends as “Jeff Koons Retrospective.” (Photos: Cameron Blaylock)

Mere days stand between you and Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Critical Halloween—do you know where your costume is? The theme of this year’s highly anticipated art and architecture costume party, set for Friday night at 80 Greenwich Street in downtown Manhattan, is irrelevance (but if you interpret it as “i-relevance,” you can totally shave your head, throw on a well-fitted t-shirt, and go as Jony Ive).

“Considering the dark powers of our increasingly digital world and an online culture that propels banality to stardom, this year’s event asks artists, architects, writers, and citizens to address the concepts of ‘irrelevance’ and ‘relevance’ within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms,” say the Storefront spooks, who have lined up live music by Hessismore, DJ sets by Sergio Rebelo and DJ N-Ron, and a photo booth for costumed critical thinkers.
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Quote of Note | John Currin

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Detail from Gustave Courbet, Apples, Pears, and Primroses on a Table, 1871-1872.

“I’ve always had this thing about yellow—I don’t like cadmium yellow. I always liked chrome yellow instead of cadmium, which are real bright, chemical-looking yellows, and they weren’t really available to painters before 1870, 1850. So I thought, it’s tacky. It’s like a polyester shirt to use those yellows. And then I was just looking at this Courbet still life and it’s filled with chrome yellow and chemical yellows. So I’m starting to realize that this whole thing about being genuine and authentic is ridiculous. And I’m not conscientious or methodical enough to work that way.”

-Artist John Currin in his recent conversation with James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, at the Getty Center. Watch a video of their entire talk below.
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Put the ‘Fun’ in ‘HTML Fundamentals’

Admit it. Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where the Mediabistro mothership comes in. They’ve asked us to tell you about the upcoming online course in HTML Basics that kicks off just in time for you to brag at Thanksgiving that you’re “getting into coding.” Over two fun-filled sessions, web designer (and illustrator) Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to a glimpse toward a future of semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24. Preview the syllabus and register here.

Studios Kabako Wins Curry Stone Design Prize

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Studios Kabako performing more more more…future, set to the poems of political prisoner Antoine Vumilia Muhindo. (Photo: Agathe Poupeney)

The Congolese performance and theater studio Studios Kabako is the winner of the $120,000 Curry Stone Design Prize, established in 2008 to recognize those using design to address critical issues ranging from post-conflict development and peacekeeping to clean water access and healthcare. Past winners of the award, selected by a design star-heavy jury, include artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, Boston-based MASS Design, Architecture for Humanity, architect Antonio Scarponi, and Brooklyn’s Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula created Studios Kabako in 2001 to address social memory, fear, and hope in the aftermath of civil war. The organization is based in Kisangani, the third largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Faustin Linyekula manifests how art should be the first design component in building a better society,” said prize founders Clifford Curry and Delight Stone in a statement issued this morning announcing the winner. “Studios Kabako’s performances expose on an international platform the devastating effects of local conflicts, while in Kisangani they are assembling daily the building blocks for envisioning a sustainable future.”
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For Picasso’s Birthday, a Guernica Made of Legos

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Picasso’s Guernica made of Lego bricks by Veronica Watson. (Photo: Legoland Discovery Center Westchester)

Today marks the 133rd anniversary of Picasso‘s birth, and while some will celebrate by taking in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spellbinding show of Leonard Lauder‘s Cubist collection, others will admire the artist’s famous Guernica—recreated in Legos in Yonkers. The blocky birthday tribute is the work of Veronica Watson, a master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center Westchester. It took her a couple of days and 800 Legos to create the replica, which is seven inches tall and just under fifteen inches wide, but little convincing: Guernica is one of her favorite Picasso works. “The style used to represent the chaotic subject matter of the Spanish Civil War makes it an incredibly powerful piece in 1937 and in 2014,” Watson told us, before answering a few of our questions about her Lego homage.

What was the most challenging aspect of making a Lego version of Guernica?
The most difficult aspect of making the Lego version was deciding how much detail to include. There is a lot going on in the painting. Rather then explicitly recreating every detail, I worked at suggesting the right forms so that the painting would be instantly recognizable.
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In Which We Seek Your Design News

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I’d have to kill you.” Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy task of plotting murder, thanks to our handy “Anonymous Tips” box nestled in the menu bar at right, below the search box. Simply type in your news—design happenings, movements of the Revolving Door, scandalous revelations, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click “Send.” And for those not inclined to clandestine tipping, we’re still just an e-mail away.

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