This week, we toured Santiago Calatrava’s addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is getting close to being 10 years old. The 142,000 square foot structure was the first major Calatrava project to be built in the United States. Museum docent Jonas Karvelis led us through the building, as well as the Dan Kiley designed gardens, and into the original 1957 Eero Saarinen structure. Staying true to the Gnaw focus of “generating new (forms) of art writing” we decided to approach our architectural essays like a Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse, with each writer contributing one short focused essay about one aspect of the building. Each essay was to thematically wrap around one word. What follows is a stack of essays, each directed by a one word heading. The essays form the vertical body of the “exquisite corpse.” Coincidentally, this month’s issue of Art Forum is also dedicated to examining the changing face of the new museum.
Monthly Archives: July 2010