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Eric Cook from Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Eric Cook from Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Informational Session, Friday March 28th in 220 Art Building at 2:00PM: Learn about opportunities for Mount Holyoke College students to enter the world of sustainable building and design at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont through summer and winter break workshops, internships and the Fall 2014 Semester in Sustainable Design/Build.

ALSO: Brown Bag/Free Pizza lunchtime Q&A Session in 211 Media Lab, Art Building at 12:15PM

Leading Women in the Arts

The Leading Women in the Arts series was launched at the Weissman Center for Leadership in Spring 2006. This engaging program reflects the center's support of public presentations by scholars, artists, writers, and practitioners that engage the academic work of the college with the public sphere.

Invited guest artists are featured in public campus discussions about the interconnections between creative expression of all forms and cultural transformations.

Billie Tsien

Billie Tsien

A Building is a Verb
Spring 2014

Tuesday, March 11
7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Free and Open to the Public

Billie Tsien, Leading Women in the Arts guest-artist in residence, recently attended a lecture where the writer Seamus Heaney was quoted as saying that as he got older he felt more like a noun than a verb. Tsien started to think about architecture and decided that for her and her partner, Tod Williams, buildings are verbs. Their work is less and less interested in buildings as objects (nouns) and more and more interested in buildings as experiences (verbs). Tsien will present several of their recent projects including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the process of crafting these experiences.

Billie Tsien was born in Ithaca, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale and her Masters in Architecture from UCLA. Billie Tsien has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and in 1986 they formed the partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City.

Their compelling body of work includes Hereford College at the University of Virginia, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, the Cranbrook Natatorium in Michigan, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, Skirkanich Hall Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two additions to the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, the CV Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley, the David Rubenstein Atrium at New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College. Projects including the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and a dormitory at Haverford College in Philadelphia were completed between 2011 and 2012. An information technology campus for Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India is under construction, in addition to two new skating rinks for Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. The firm, with Davis Brody Bond, was recently awarded the commission to design the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City.

In addition to practicing, teaching and lecturing, Tsien serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture, and is a Director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy of Rome, where she was in residence in 1999. In 2007, Tsien was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Saturday, April 5th
Leaves MHC at 8:00AM and leaves NYC at 7:00PM
(drop off at the MET)
$20 for students enrolled in department courses and Art Goddesses
$25 for all other students
$30 for outside folks

Sign up sheet will be available March 24th in the Art Office (201 Art Building)
You must pay when reserving your place. Cash or check accepted.

Alumni Lecture: Zhanina Boyadzhieva & Aviva Galaski Visit Us from Graduate School
Friday, February 15, 2013
6-7pm in Room 220, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College

Meeting: 1st Meeting of the Architecture Club & the Green Group
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6-7pm in the 2nd Floor Art Lounge, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College

Faculty Lecture: Stephanie Brown "Form Follows Nature - Biomimicry in Design"
Friday, March 15, 2013 POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY MARCH 29, 2013 at 6:00pm
6-7pm in Room 220, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College

All Day Field Trip: Visiting Local Design Offices & The Masters in Architecture Program
Friday, March 29, All day
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Meeting: 2nd Meeting of the Architecture Club & the Green Group
Wednesday, April 3,
6-7pm in the 2nd Floor Art Lounge, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College

Documentary: "Maya Lin - A Strong, Clear Vision" & Follow-up Discussion
Wednesday, April 10,
6-7:30pm in Room 220, Art Building
Mount Holyoke College


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