Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • visits Norway

    Vardø 4

    January 21, 2014   |   By William L. Fox

    The Norwegian government has established eighteen national tourist routes that traverse some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. Each of them host place-specific architecture and art interventions that reveal aspects of nature and culture which might otherwise remain unnoticed. In Vardø, at the end of the northernmost of the routes, is the Steilneset Memorial... View Post

  • CA+E Visits New York 2013

    Frederic Church’s Olana: Home as Performance Space

    August 29, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    I’ve always wanted to visit Olana, the home of 19th century painter Frederic Church, since Joe Thompson, the director of Mass MoCA, flew me over it in his Cessna several years ago. Church, the great Hudson River School landscape painter who worked everywhere from Labrador to Ecuador, is one of my heroes, and Olana one... View Post

  • Book Review — From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design

    March 29, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    After Nazi pressures led to the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, leading members reestablished their lives and work outside of Germany, first in London and ultimately in the United States. During this pivotal moment of displacement, Bauhaus thinking also made a turn toward ecological design. By incorporating biological thinking about form and connectedness into... View Post

  • Dr.Byron Vreeland Shows Off His Lamp

    November 1, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    On a rainy morning in early October several of us drove up a narrow Los Angeles street so steep it was practically a waterfall. We were venturing deep into one of the storied canyons of the Hollywood Hills to meet Byron Vreeland, a notable collector of Tiffany-era glass work who is lending us several lamps... View Post