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Congratulations Jaune Quick-To-See Smith!

From the National Women’s History Project:

“To honor the originality, beauty, imagination, and multiple dimensions of women’s lives, we have chosen Women’s Art: Women’s Vision as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month.

“To ensure that a diversity of art and artists are represented, the 2008 Honorees were selected based on their art, their vision, their art form, their cultural background, the region in which they live and the quality and passion of the nomination submitted. “

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith is one of the twelve Women’s Art: Women’s Vision Honorees, along with Judy Chicago; Harmony Hammond; Edna Hibel; Lihua Lei; Violet Oakley, Rose Cecil O’Neill; Faith Ringgold; Miriam Schapiro; Lorna Simpson; Nancy Spero; and June Claire Wayne.

Thanks for the heads-up goes to Tamara over at Craft Revolution.

March 18, 2008, 3:30 pm

Congratulations Dennis Oppenheim!

Dennis Oppenheim Studio announces the completion of Multi-Helix Lighthouse Tower, a site-specific public artwork in San Pedro Bay in Los Angeles, California, for the new headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. The 45-foot tall tower, made of aluminum and acrylic, references the site’s harbor location and function as the police headquarters for the City of Los Angeles. The artwork embodies the historical reference to a lighthouse and to the contemporary use of DNA evidence in police investigations. The dramatic installation with a blue revolving light atop it acts as a beacon on the horizon visible from miles away. Oppenheim’s “lighthouse” represents his ongoing interest in the conceptual relationship between art and architecture. The sculpture exists as a beautiful object in itself and also comments upon the unique function of the site itself.

As Oppenheim says, “I have combined in this sculpture what I feel to be the most important aspects of a public artwork: the first is reference to the site and the second is to the function of the place where the artwork is situated. In addition to the importance of DNA as an investigative tool, the concept of a tower has a strong historical connection to facilities of protection and control. In the past towers have provided surveillance by affording a vantage point in order to observe the surroundings. My tower, however, is not one of surveillance but like a lighthouse, it provides guidance. It is also my purpose to reflect upon a condition inherent in a complex such as a police department or holding facility. I speak of the condition of circulation that is of entry and exit – the perpetual passing through from one place to another.”The $250,000 commission was sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. Selection of the winning proposal was under the auspices of City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Consulting architects were Nick Seierup, A.I.A. and Kyoko Adachi, A.I.A. of Perkins & Will of Los Angeles. Fabrication, transportation, and installation were handled by La Paloma Fine Arts, Sun Valley, California, who has worked with Oppenheim in the past including his Wave Forms sculpture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new LAPD headquarters is to open in 2009.

The new sculpture has been featured in Artnet News. See this and other works at http://www.dennisoppenheim.org/

November 6, 2007, 5:08 pm