Stephen Lauf

Calder Museum  


2002.11.20 12:17
Ben Franklin, etc.
The next museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia will be the Alexander Calder Museum, with Tadeo Ando as design architect and MGA [the quondam Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, Philadelphia office] as architects of record. The site of the new museum is across the Parkway from the Rodin Museum. Calder is from Philadelphia. His grandfather did the sculptures on Philadelphia City Hall (at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway). His father did the Swan Fountain at Logan Circle (centerpiece of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway). And for years now an enormous Calder mobile entitled Ghost hangs above the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA, at the head of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway). Years ago, tour guides of the PMA, when discussing Ghost, invited visitors to look out the PMA's huge "urban viewing platform" windows and note the order of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."
I visited the site of the forthcoming Alexander Calder Museum last Friday. The site is still a park lawn, but there is now a Calder mobile on pedestal gracing the site as well. Additionally, there is an exhibit of three Calder sculptures within the forecourt of the Rodin Museum. I found myself really admiring all these sculptures because I now see a 'real' virtual architecture in them. I took lots of pictures, and I will put together an online display soon.

2004.12.14 16:11
Re: where the Barnes might move to
The site for the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has just been chosen--site of the present Youth Study Center (euphemism for juvenile jail) across 20th Street from the Free Library of Philadelphia, designed by Horace Trumbauer and soon to be appended by a Moshe Safdie addition. The proposed Calder Museum by Tadao Ando on the south side of the Parkway will be across from the Barnes.
I'm pretty sure the radio newsman said that a "replica" of the present Barnes Foundation (a design by Paul Cret) will be built on the Youth the Study Center site of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Gosh, just what the Parkway needs, another reenactment.

Compose/compile a virtual sculpture (cad surface) exhibit for the Calder park within Romaphilia.

Test the House in Laguna as the new Calder Museum; see Calder sculptures raised on the grand staircase.

Quondam ideas
Fill in a blank Philadelphia Museum of Art plan with excerpts from other museum plans. Do this for three levels above ground, and also do a series of below ground plans (a la the new Gehry project/expansion). This will be the Museum within Ichnographia Quondam (along with Parkway Interpolation and the Bilocating Barnes and Calder Museum).

museum collecting
...the collected museums are also within IQ. ...have yet to compile all the museum plans within Quondam's collection, meaning to add Museum Annex, Calder Museum, Working Title Museum, Haus der Kunst, Cut & Paste Museum (and just as an aside, the latest REX museum seems to relate to the Cut & Paste Museum), Acropolis Q, Venue, Gallery B, Circle Squared Museum, Domestic Museum, 5233, Villa Savoye(?), Palace of Versailles, and all the superimposed museum plans.




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