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ARCH 6805: HAUD Graduate Practicum

Mirror of the City: Imagery from Rome to Detroit, 1450–2012, the Fall 2012 Architecture HAUD (History of Architecture and Urban Development) Graduate Practicum, explored how imagery shapes, brands, and archives cities like Rome, Paris, Havana, New Orleans, New York, Delhi, Detroit, and others from the 1450s to the present day. Inspired by Mirror of the City: The Printed View in Italy and Beyond, 1450–1940, the seminar looked at how repeatable images have shaped urban aspirations and nightmares as well as realities. Whether a map, print, drawing, book, photograph, or film the city as a collectible commodity about urban expansion and contraction is an issue here.

Projecting Cities

“The city is not just a physical location; it is also a project, a projection....”
—Jerome Herron

The multiplicity of the gaze is present within the city and its representations. Projecting Cities investigates the ways in which the inhabitant and the city project off one another to reveal the interactions between the past and the present, the technological and the topographical, the individual and the collective. This exhibition and its cities create projections onto each other, complicating and activating the spaces among the artists, inhabitants, and viewers.

Under the guidance of Professor Mary N. Woods and Andrew Weislogel, the Johnson Museum’s curator of European art before 1800, we have organized an installation (on view in the Museum’s Kress Study Gallery from December 4, 2012, to February 3, 2013) stressing the importance of multiplicities of interpretation. The works we have selected reflect a range of subjects, from a stereocard view of Picturesque Shops and Crowds in Yokohama, Japan to Harry Callahan’s Alley, Chicago mounted on two large panels, never before exhibited at the Johnson Museum. The exhibition includes a range of media, from the films of Gordon Matta-Clark to the photographs of Robert Frank and Margaret Bourke-White. We hope this carefully selected collection of works creates an internal and external dialogue for our viewers about projecting oneself into these artworks, just as the artists, subjects, and curators have done in these urban spaces.

Fall 2012 Architecture HAUD Graduate Practicum
Andrew Hart
Gökhan Kodalak
Dan Li
Anna Mascorella
Sean McGee
Annie Schentag
Vani Subramanian

Above: Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba, 1948), Camera Obscura Image of La Giraldilla de la Habana in Room with Broken Wall (detail), 2002. Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum. Acquired through the generosity of Diana G. Karnas and Abe Tomás Hughes II, additional support from the Jennifer, Gale, and Ira Drukier Fund.

ARCH 6805: HAUD Graduate Practicum Gallery (Click an image to open slideshow)