Jul, 23, 2012,
2:12 PM

Thank you to all the children and their adult helpers who made our annual LEGO day in S. R. Crown Hall AWESOME. Here are a few pictures of builders and their creations. See you again next year!

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Jul, 19, 2012,
9:37 AM

Video: Kevin Harrington’s talk on Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park, the Detroit urban renewal project, was made by a dream team. Mies was the architect, Ludwig Hilberseimer did the urban design, and Alfred Caldwell was the landscape designer.

For more on this collaboration, see this talk by Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus of Illinois Institute of Technology. He presented it Saturday, June 16 in S. R. Crown Hall in conjunction with the Mies Society exhibition, “Lafayette Park: The Settlement Shape.”

This show is up for one more week! See it Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 27 in Crown Hall, located at 3360 South State Street in Chicago on the IIT campus.

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Jul, 17, 2012,
4:13 PM

Airtight reason to be in Detroit on July 24

Artist Jaimie Henthorn is exploring historic architecture yet again through an upcoming performance in Detroit. For a taste of her work, check out this video of gravity-defying moves she staged last fall inside Mies’ Chapel at Illinois Institute of Technology. Elena Brocade was the aerialist.

Henthorn is behind the Tuesday, July 24 performance by Phaedra Eason and Corissa Leveille at 1342 Nicolet Place in Detroit’s Lafayette Park at 6:30 p.m. It is expected to last one hour and is accompanied by a reception. For details, contact Henthorn at jaimierenee@hotmail.com.

This event is concurrent with the Mies Society’s exhibition, “Lafayette Park: The Settlement Shape,” in S. R. Crown Hall through Friday, July 27 (on IIT’s Main Campus).

Above: Henthorn’s rendering of the July 24 performance in Lafayette Park. Henthorn is a doctoral candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.

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Jul, 16, 2012,
11:17 AM

My Detail Runneth Over

Today we present an anonymous poet’s verse:

"Twenty-Third ‘SOM.’"

"Mies is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in glass boxes;

He leadeth me besides sterile buildings.

He restoreth my soul;

He leadeth me through the universal spaces for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
     Wright, I will fear no evil; for thou are with
     me; thy marble and thy bronze they comfort me;

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of everybody,

Thou anointest my head with modules; my detail runneth over.

Surely Johnson and Bunshaft shall follow me all thedays

     of my life, and I will dwell in the house of

     Seagram forever.”

Today’s historic item is courtesy of Betty Brown and the publication, “Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies,” 2012. If you would like to share ephemera from Lafayette Park, send us a copy at miesmembership@iit.edu.

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