Video Archive | Painting (19)

Alexis Rochas Making And Meaning
Alexis Rochas lectures on the body in space in European painting from the 13th to the 17th century to an audience of Making +...
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During the question and answer portion of his lecture, Bell answered questions regarding the cost of his glass house, the ethical...
Michael Bell
Michael Bell grounds his lecture in being an architect in relation to cities, and in relation to designing houses and housing....
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Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Bell as a "cultural geography misfit" who is a perfect fit for SCI-Arc. Bell discusses the...
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Bell discusses his research exhibition 16 Houses, and his own entry for the exhibition Glass House @ 2?....
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Bell discusses Stainless Housing, a model for housing on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.
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Bell discusses his J Shaped Glass House, which he compares to the Johnson House by Philip Johnson.
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Bell presents student work from his Housing Studio at Columbia University. The studio proposed housing for Journal Square in...

Alexis Rochas Making And Meaning

Alexis Rochas lectures on the body in space in European painting from the 13th to the 17th century to an audience of Making + Meaning participants. Rochas presents images of paintings by Giotto, characterizing them as an exploration of relationships in space. Rochas points out how architectural elements represented in the paintings do not describe possible buildings, but organize and compartmentalize narrative and compositional elements. He presents additional examples in which Giotto uses objects to define space and to define relationships between figures. Rochas discusses the role of flatness in Giotto’s work and the effect of stylized abstraction. Rochas discusses the representation of figure, architecture and landscape in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Raphael. He discusses Piero della Francisca in terms of a shift from intuition to geometry, and the integration of architectural elements. He discusses how Andrea Mantegna used perspective to open up space and compositional techniques to collapse depth. Raphael integrated complex arrangements of fully rounded figures in carefully defined space. Rochas concludes with a discussion of the representation of figure, architecture, and space in paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens and Caravaggio. He credits Tintoretto with creating a new emphasis on body and posture as crucial compositional elements, especially in works where collections of foreshortened figures, seemingly liberated from gravity, define expressive spatial forms. The great accomplishment of Rubens, according to Rochas, was animating part to whole relationships, particularly details of musculature as elements of complex compositions. Caravaggio, in contrast, collapses perspective and eliminates background to focus intensely on his figures, using light and mass as the primary elements of his work.

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Michael Bell

February 25, 2009 | Video Lecturer:
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Michael Bell grounds his lecture in being an architect in relation to cities, and in relation to designing houses and housing. For Bell, participation in larger urban questions is critical to the profession. At the urban scale he discusses sociopolitical aspects of public housing. At a smaller scale he discusses conceptual aspects of his residential projects as they relate spatially to painting.

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Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Bell as a "cultural geography misfit" who is a perfect fit for SCI-Arc. Bell discusses the...
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