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The panel, moderated by the curator, Margaret Mathews Berenson, will focus on innovative solutions to the problems of homelessness and displacement caused by catastrophic natural and manmade disasters that are dramatically presented visually in the works of art in the exhibition. Panelists will discuss innovative projects and proposals by artists, architects, non- profit organizations and government agencies around the world designed to provide housing for those in need. Among these are: post- Katrina housing in New Orleans and rebuilding efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. Other topics of discussion will be: designing with sustainable materials; urban reclamation projects in Chicago, Houston and Detroit; collaborations between artists, urban design professionals and local communities; and social entrepreneurship in contemporary art and architecture. In conclusion, panelists together with audience participants will contribute ideas and recommendations for addressing these problems in the future. Handouts will include a list of organizations worldwide that provide meaningful solutions in the hopes that audience members might be inspired to assist them in meeting their goals. Brian Baer – Regional Program Coordinator, New York is the Regional Program Coordinator for Architecture for Humanity here in New York, where he is leading and managing the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program. He received his architecture degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is a LEED accredited professional and certified by NCARB. Baer has over 25 years’ experience of sustainable, community-aided design solutions for educational, cultural, civic and nongovernmental agency projects across the United States. He has collaborated with a wide variety of constituencies to bring consensus and success to the design and building process. Currently he is managing the ReNew NJ/NY Schools, ReStore the Shore, and authored the Resilience through Education and Design Centers programs. Cynthia Barton – Housing Recovery Program Manager is the Housing Recovery Program manager at the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Housing Recovery Program manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. She holds a master of architecture from Yale, and was previously the managing director of Architecture for Humanity New York, and a contributing editor to the book, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Solutions to Humanitarian Crises. Her disaster-relief work includes post-earthquake housing in India with Shigeru Ban and most recently overseeing the design and construction of a prototype for urban post- disaster housing in Brooklyn, NY. Deborah Gans, FAIA – Professor, Architecture School at Pratt Institute, and Principal, Gans Studio is Principal of Gans Studio and a professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The Gans Studio is known for its innovative “extreme housing” design prototypes for people displaced by homelessness, natural disasters and war. Their continuing work on alternative forms of shelters includes: disaster relief housing for Kosovo refugees; an interim housing system for the homeless commissioned by Common Ground; a community based planning and design project for post-Katrina New Orleans; and currently, a similar project in Sheepshead Bay post Super Storm Sandy. The Gans Studio prototype for a deployable Roll Out House (originally designed for refugee camps) was shown in Into the Open, an exhibition at the United States Pavilion in the 2008 Venice Biennial featuring civic-minded projects by contemporary architects. Among her many publications on landscapes of displacement are: Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield and essays in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity, Design Like You Give A Damn, and Expanding Architecture among others. She is a contributing editor for BOMB magazine and the Italian journal BOUNDARIES.
Categories: Arts, Museums, Programs
Discoveries of worlds outside our own solar system have captivated the imagination with seemingly impossible and exotic properties of unfamiliar landscapes. In this Astronomy Live program, astrophysicist Jackie Faherty uses the Digital Universe Atlas to help you explore the strange new worlds in our galaxy. $15 ($13.50 students, seniors) $12 for Members
The exhibition is organized by Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Initiative, which is under the direction of Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art. Stephanie Kwai, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, has provided curatorial
Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters will uncover the causes of natural disasters, explore the consequences, and examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. Visitors can monitor earthquakes worldwide in real time, manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand within the center of a roaring tornado, and watch the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. As they engage with and explore these interactive exhibits, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, to plan responses, and to prepare for future events. Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.
Enter a world of monumental Haida totems with Shoshannah Greene, cultural ambassador at the Haida Heritage Centre, in British Columbia, and 3D animation artist, on a special tour of the Museum’s Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Tour highlights will include powerful tellings of the Raven and Eagle stories and a new look at the distinctive Haida form line art showcased in the hall. Visitors will be able to create a special Haida design, with Greene, to take home.
American Museum of Natural History Presents: SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global SeismologyPresented by American Museum of Natural History
Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth’s deep interior? Explore these questions with collaborating Earth scientists, astrophysicists, and sound artists as they bring to the Planetarium Dome immersive displays of earthquakes through time and also seismic waves moving through and around the planet. Through sight and sound, explore four earthquakes from the last decade, viewed from space and then from deep inside the globe. Experiencing these dramatic events in the Planetarium will transform the way you think about our planet.
Join Aaron Glass, assistant professor at the Bard Graduate Center and research associate of the Museum’s Division of Anthropology, for a look at how the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians reflects the legacy of anthropologist Franz Boas and an open dialogue on contemporary Northwest Coast communities’ lives. Then, join Haida master chef Roberta Olson for a special sampling of staple dried snacks such as dried smoked salmon, dried herring roe on kelp, and dried seaweed, as Olson discusses her family’s long lineage of expert cooks and fishermen.
Internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, known for his unique Haida manga style— which combines Northwest Coast form lines with the underpinnings of Asian graphic novels known as “manga” (Japanese) and “manhwa” (Korean)—comes to the Museum! He will guide Museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore themes from Yahgulanaas’s stunning full- color graphic novel, RED. Visitors are invited as well to contribute to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on- site in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The event will include a special reading and signing of RED.