Culture Etc



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    Book: 'Freedom's Cap'

    In the 1850s, the political climate was just as partisan as now, when politicians helped design and construct the U.S. Capitol Building.

  • Object: Alexander Calder Mobiles

    On Tuesday May 8, at 7 p.m., bidders will have a rare chance at acquiring one of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Christies will auction off one red and one white mobile that architect Eliot Noyes commissioned from Calder for his home in New Canaan, Conn., where he had set up his practice in the 1940s.

  • Sketch Sketches

    Opera: 'Don Giovanni'

    Frank Gehry, after building the Walt Disney Concert Hall, now sketches out set designs for an opera inside the hall. May 18-26.

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    Exhibit: 'Maya Lin'

    Artist Maya Lin makes recreates rivers, seas, and mountain topography out of silver, plywood, and other materials. Through May 13.

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    Installation: 'SONG 1'

    The Hirshhorn in D.C. will get a video makeover by artist Doug Aitken this spring. Through May 13.

  • App: 'The Hand of the Architect'

    A new app by Moleskine brings together 378 sketches by 110 architects.

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    Dream Deferred

    Felix Salmon on MoMA's "Foreclosed" exhibit: long on art and short on reality.

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    Object: 'Metropolis II'

    Forget Legos. Artist Chris Burden puts together a mini electronic city with magnets, steel, and car toys.

  • Lot-Ek Cofounding partner Giuseppe Lignano.

    Studio Visit: Lot-ek

    Lot-ek's New York design workshop is a fixture in the city's rapidly transforming Meatpacking District.

  • Book: 'Origami Architecture'

    The hobbyist starchitect rejoices with Yee's book of buildngs to be made in origami form.



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