AIA Santa Clara Valley
Art + Architecture
Artist to Architect
February Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Slatter Construction
San Jose Museum of Art Presents Mexicanisimo Through Artists Eyes
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AIA SCV BOARD OF DIRECTORSPresident Jeff Current, AIAVice President/President Elect Steve Sowa, AIASecretary Walter Rask, AIATreasurer Samuel Sanderson, AIAAssociates Director Chuck Campanella, Associate AIAExecutive Director Kay MascoliDirector Ed Janke, AIADirector Hari Sripadanna, AIADirector Thang Do, AIADirector Brian Mah, AIADirector Britt Lindberg, AIAStudent Liaison Marcel BarbozaPast President Linder Jones, AIA
IN THIS ISSUE
Presidents Letter 4
AIASCV Calendar of Events 5
Cover Story: San Jose Museum of Art 6
Art + Architecture: Jennifer Kretchmer, AIA 8
Artist to Architect: Judith Wasserman, AIA 9
Art + Architecture: Gil Sanchez, AIA 10
February Chapter Meeting Sponsor: Slatter Construction 13
AIA National News 14
Classified Ads, News & Events 16
Chapter Information 17
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ON THE COVERSan Jose Museum of Art
Tracings editor: Scott Smithwick, AIA
TRACINGS is underwritten by Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.
Our imaginations can be sparked by many things; a walk in nature, a stimulating conversation, a sleek automobile sparkling in the sunshine, a fine piece of artwork. Design is EVERYWHERE! It is not merely buildings and the city
fabric that get our gears turning as architects.
This issue of Tracings is dedicated to Art + Architecture and I would like to take a quick glimpse into what inspires us to
MusicA stroll through the design studio may reveal a handful of architects or designers with headphones on, moving their head in rhythm to enchanting beats that set their minds free to explore and go places that nobody else in the room realizes. Last year, I flew on Virgin America Airlines to Washington DC for the National
AIA Grassroots Conference, a five hour flight from SFO. I busted out my journal to sketch a few ideas I had for some furniture designs and light fixtures and tuned into the incredible blues music library that Virgin America offers. I was completely transported to another place! The hours passed by in seconds and ideas were pouring out of my pen onto the pages of my journal. It was almost like Time Travel - how I got to DC in minutes instead of hours. Music was the vehicle I flew on.
ArtThe first time I saw the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome I was somewhat inspired by the images, the design and the message from Michelangelo to the viewer. A few years later, I returned to the same room after the restoration and cleaning of the ceiling was completed. WOW!!! A fully and completely different experience! This time I was awestruck by the colors and depth of images and couldnt believe it was the same piece of art Id seen only a few years
Jeffrey R. Current, AIA
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5AIA SCV CALENDAR OF EVENTS
7-10 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference - Washington D.C.
8 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series - Speaker: Ray Kappe, FAIA 6 to 7pm at The Los Altos Neutra House, Los Altos, www.neutrahouse.org
12 AIASCV YAF Monthly Lunchtime Meet-Up - San Pedro Square Market, 87 North San Pedro Street, San Jose - 11:45am to 1pm, No RSVP required (buy your own lunch)
13 CES Noontime Seminar - BAS 090 - Benefits of Concrete Masonry for Sustainable Green Building - 12 to 1pm at HMC Group, San Jose
14 CES Noontime Seminar - BAS 090 - Benefits of Concrete Masonry for Sustainable Green Building - 12 to 1pm at Hawley Peterson Synder, Mountain View
15 AIASCV Board Meeting - 7:30 to 9am, AIASCV Office
15 AIASCV Monthly Chapter Meeting - Retrospective on past Design Awards and Intro to the upcoming 2012 Design Awards - 6 to 9pm, Campbell Community Center - Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W Campbell Avenue, C31
9 AIASCV YAF Monthly Lunchtime Meet-Up - San Pedro Square Market, 87 North San Pedro Street, San Jose - 11:45am to 1pm, No RSVP required (buy your own lunch)
10 CES Noontime Seminar - State of the Art Fencing System 12 to 1pm at HMC Group, San Jose
11 CES Noontime Seminar - State of the Art Fencing System 12 to 1pm at Hawley Peterson Synder, Mountain View
12 AIASCV Board Meeting - 7:30 to 9am, AIASCV Office
19 AIASCV Monthly Chapter Meeting - To be Announced.
26 AIACC Convention Resolution Meeting - Sacramento, CA
6SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
MissionThe San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.
VisionThe San Jose Museum of Art will be the preeminent modern and contemporary art museum in Silicon Valley. SJMA will enrich its communities through inviting, innovative programs and creative, interactive experiences. It will provide dynamic learning opportunities for adults as well as vital educational services for youths and families, to encourage inquiry and visual thinking. As a consequence, SJMA will be recognized internationally for high-quality programs, fresh collaborative endeavors, a distinctive permanent collection, and adventurous approaches. The Museum will connect art and life; work across cultural boundaries; and promote deeper awareness, enjoyment, and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. SJMA will be a cultural hub for the residents of the region, a space for personal reflection, a gathering place for creative thinkers, and a source of vibrancy for the city center.
Traditional versus cutting-edge, high-brow versus low-brow: A new generation of Mexican and Mexican-American artists is fascinated by these potentially contradictory concepts. In the new exhibition Mexicanisimo Through Artists Eyes, the San Jose Museum of Art presents works by artists who draw inspiration from Mexicos deep well of visual culture. Their references include folk art, popular culture, and vernacular craft traditions as well as contemporary idioms: the art collective La Malagua has remade the classic Mexican card game lotera, while Gabriel Kuri re-created sales receipts from Superama (Walmart) as a fine Gobelins tapestry.
This exhibition includes works by artists who enlist traditional, refined artisans
San Jose Museum of Art Presents Mexicanisimo Through Artists Eyes
March 30 - September 23, 2012
7techniques (such as weaving and ceramics) to challenge todays mass-market consumer culture, alongside the work of artists who transform the most expendable materials into art through their handiwork. For example, Mexico City-based artist Betsabe Romero carves tires with pre-Columbian icons and symbols in order to satirize Mexicos machismo car culture.Although these artists refer to familiar imagery (sometimes even stereotypes), they bring it into the present without cynicism. They share an interest in hybrid art forms and in the intersection of the past and the present. Although inspired by todays pop culture icons, they are also critical of mass production and its effect on Mexican communities.SJMA has commissioned new works from Natalia Anciso (Oakland, CA) and Romero for this exhibition, which also includes works by Margarita Cabrera (El Paso, TX), Enrique Chagoya (San Francisco), Colectivo La Malagua (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), Jamex and Einar de la Torre (San Diego, CA, and Ensenada, Mexico), Franco Mondini-Ruiz (San Antonio, TX)and Gabriel Kuri (Mexico City). Mexicanisimo Through Artists Eyes is on view March 30 through September 23, 2012. The San Jose Museum of Art is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San Jose. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM (to 8 PM on the third Thursday of the month). For more information, and a calendar of public programs, visit www.sanjosemuseumofart.org.
Jamex de la Torre and Einar de la TorreBethlehem Boy, 2007
Blown glass, mixed media34 x 19 x 13inches
Courtesy the artists
Miguel Perez (of Colectivo la Malagua)El camaron, 20