Photo Shoots and New Museums

I love/hate photos of Herog and/or de Meuron. They’re always dramatic and self-imporant, and just seem to be saying “oooh… we’re just so Swiss.” The photo at left was taken from Artinfo.com with the perfectly succint caption, “Jacques Herzog poses for a photo.” And boy does he! That guy has more poses than the Kama Sutra. Every time I see these staged photos of him – or any architect, really – I find it a little silly, but also incredibly…well, encouraging, sort of. I’m given hope that I won’t always remain a faceless, unappreciated, civil servant. God willing, I might someday pose for my own ego boosting glamor shot. Who am I kidding? I’ve already been practicing. The best part of all this? The whole phenomena is by no means a response to our current celebrity (and design) obsessed culture. Like all things in architecture, there’s precedent, dammit! (this example is the worst. Gwathmey! I still think that pic’s photoshopped! Get your Mr. – Burns-looking ass up to the top floor next time! you make the scultpure for living look more like the sculpture for dying.)

I hate that building…but I’m rambling and I really did intend to post a news bit here. In yet another successful bid for an American Museum, H&dM have been chosen to design the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. Although it seems that people disagree, I found their near-complete de Young Museum to be a thoughtful intervention into Golden Gate Park. Hopefully, the new Parrish Museum will show the same unique sensitivity. I couldn’t find images of the proposal, seeing how thehamptons.com is a completely useless website and Herzog & de Meuron don’t have one, (although I suspect that Pierre secretly wants one), but Museum Director Trudy Kramer had this to say about the selection:

“During our search for an architect to design the new Parrish, we saw the work of more than 60 talented regional, national, and international architects and designers. Ultimately, it was the combination of innovation and tradition, of bold and subtle, that we saw in the work of Herzog & de Meuron, and the fact that each project was unique and attuned to the client’s needs, that was so powerful. Additionally, the firm’s sensitivity to site, including not only landscape but also light—one of the great qualities of eastern Long Island that has inspired generations of artists—promises to make the design for the new Parrish truly outstanding.”

Here’s to poses yet undiscovered! cheers.

3 Replies to “Photo Shoots and New Museums”

  1. I must admit I’m a big fan of photographs of people taking photographs, or shooting movies, or the like. The appeal of being privy to seeing art in action has a voyeuristic quality as well as an educational one. Makes me wonder if there’s a site devoted to this sort of photography. I wouldn’t know how to even start looking for one, though…

    It sounds like the Parrish Art Museum hasn’t been designed yet. They seem to have chosen the duo based on an RFQ vs. an RFP. Maybe we’ll see something soon…

    BTW, how’s McSweeney’s 16? The packaging is cool, but I hope it doesn’t overshadow the content.

  2. Now if they could just make that Herzog photo scratch ‘n sniff, incorporating that Herzog & deMeuron cologne.

    I’d be curious to know how that new McSweeney’s is, too.

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