November 6, 2009
Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will unveil detailed plans for the $100 million Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the University of Chicago Law School. The event is free and open to the public.
The husband-and-wife team also will provide insight into the creative process that has elevated them to international acclaim as preeminent designers of public arts and culture spaces. Well-known for their elegant, modernist design and subtle integration of context, Williams and Tsien were selected in June 2007 to design the Logan Arts Center. This event will mark the first public viewing of their ambitious plans for the complex, which is slated to open in spring of 2012 south of Midway Plaisance.
The luminous glass and stone structure will have 170,000 square feet of space, bridging architecture and art and providing a framework for uniting artistic theory with practice-a hallmark of the University's approach to the arts. Many departments and disciplines will share the facility, including visual arts, theater, music, as well as cinema and media studies. The structure will add much needed space to the University's vibrant arts scene, and will feature studios, rehearsal space, director's cut screening rooms, state-of-the art acoustical theaters, lecture rooms and set-building shops.
In addition, the center will serve as a southern gateway to campus, opening the University to its neighborhood and the city, and providing a place for distinguished local and international artists and scholars to create, debate, exhibit and perform.
Williams and Tsien's other major projects include the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the new museum for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, an information technology campus in Mumbai, India, and the Harmony Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Stefanie Rothman White
Coord. of Arts
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