May 15, 2004
Nicolai OUROUSSOFF hit the nail on the head in describing Frank Gehry's new Ray and Maria Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as "architectural fantasy." ("Gehry Piles on the Ideas in MIT Design," May 10) Gehry's design looks more like it belongs in a theme park than on a city street. I appreciate that Frank is out there riding point for us on the architectural frontier but I fear what he has created here is going to be viewed the same way we view those blob-type organic structures from the 1960s.
March 28, 2012 |
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission is sticking with Frank Gehry's design, despite the Eisenhower family's objections. Commission members are "unanimous in their total and unqualified support" for the Los Angeles architect's vision for the Washington memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the commission said in a statement Tuesday. The commission also expressed "regret and sadness at the tone and nature of the selected comments that have been made on Mr. Gehry's design for the memorial.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--The controversial design for a planned memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower is moving ahead, despite continuing opposition from the Eisenhower family and threats from Congress to pull funding. On Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which advises the government on architectural development in the capital, approved key elements of the $142-million project designed by Frank Gehry. The current plan imagines a four-acre urban park near the National Mall, situated across from the National Air and Space Museum in full view of the Capitol.
March 7, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has made a formal proposal to acquire the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which has been struggling with financial troubles and staff and board defections. LACMA Director Michael Govan and the two co-chairs of his board made the offer in a Feb. 24 letter to the MOCA board co-chairs, laying out the rationale for an acquisition. The letter said that LACMA would preserve MOCA's two downtown locations and operate them under the MOCA name, according to people who have seen the letter but were not authorized to discuss it publicly.