Museums have long served a purpose as cultural staples. For every museum, big and small, careful consideration is used in selecting its contents. When securing new items for a museum, it is most important to consider public appeal, educational value, and cost-effectiveness.
The elements of art that Lawrence used in The Library focused on strong lines, shape, and bold colors. The tables, chairs and bookshelves all have straight lines that show off the lines of the books placed sporadically around. The shapes of the people are in strong contrast to the straight lines of the library and emphasize movement of everyone. The colors are muted, maybe to represent the quietness of a library. The principles of design that Lawrence used were contrast, unity and balance. He played up the contrast of objects and people and of people versus people. Even with the contrast of people versus people, he could bring unity by showing a common interest. By creating this unity, he gave balance to the painting by placing objects and people evenly throughout the painting.
This museum is the first time Johnson started to move away from the influence of Mies and the International Style. The international style of architecture emerged in the 1920’s and 1930’s. You can see this style of architecture in photo A. Common characteristics of International Style buildings are said to be rectilinear forms, ligh taut plane surfaces that have been completely stripped of applied ornamentation and decoration, and open interior spaces. The typical materials of this style are glass and steel usually combined with less visible reinforced concrete. In picture number four you can see Munson Williams Proctor museum has opaque stone-clad walls, and uses luxuriant materials such as granite and statuary bronze, and a very balanced and symmetrical design. These aspects were all part of Johnson’s growing new interest in neo classical typologies, or what would be known as New Formalism in modern architecture. Neo formalism emerged in the 1950s and really took off in the 1960s, it remained popular in the third quarter of the twentieth
To highlight the relationship between each of the exhibitions, the staff could provide daily visitors with a cohesive guide map of the entire museum. The current location of the museum is massive to accommodate for the displays as well as three research laboratories, but due to large size, each exhibit feels isolated and
The main building of the Art Institute is constructed mostly of masonry, with few windows, and feels very heavy and overpowering. Grand staircases and large columns dwarf visitors as they move through the galleries. This is similar to the way the art in the space makes you feel: small, unimportant, and sometimes even afraid. The Modern wing in constructed of steel and glass, and is very open and bright (except when intended not to be). The large north wall facing Millenium Park is one large expanse of windows, letting in plenty of indirect sunlight, and opening the gallery to the park. The space feels very light, in both senses of the word. As with the old building, the art feels similar to the space in that it is more open and less opressive.
The concept of the veil and the vault in designing the broad is based on joining the two parts of the building: one of them is public exhibition space and the other one is collection storage. Instead of relegating the storage to secondary place, the “vault,” plays an important role in making the museum experience from entry to exit.
Shadek-Fackenthal Library, the largest library on Franklin and Marshall’s campus, is a national historic landmark and also a notable part of campus’s aesthetic appeal. The brick library is three stories high and is colonial in appearance. The main entrance of the building is white and is covered by a colonnade facade that prominently features the college’s seal as well as the name of the library. While Franklin and Marshall College has numerous historic buildings, Shad-Fack Library stands out for its classical Greek facade which prominently covers the main entrance of the library. The collonaded facade is an exceptional visual on Franklin and Marshall’s campus and thus, a careful exploration of its design/layout, visual appeal and
Regarding this dichotomy, my thesis questions will include: When is it appropriate for a museum to change its mission? Does success in a museum’s current field mean that a museum should not change its mission? Should institutional history prevent a museum from major change? Does a museum have an obligation to serve a wider community over a smaller interest group? How should new research and changing cultural norms affect a museum and its mission? Due to the fact that the Strong Museum’s new mission is seen as a return to the original ideals of Margret Strong, my research paper will also explore these questions: Should the interests of a museum’s founder play a role in shaping its mission? How, if at all, should donated collections guide the mission of an
This transforms a regular museum visit into an experience, such as one was stepping into Greece and into the Parthenon. Furthermore, these classical properties highlight The Caroline Wiess Law Building’s unique property as a modern building that has held on to classical roots. Moreover with having the purpose in mind of further extenuating its purpose to the community. This purpose is one of educating the public of finer things, which has been transmitted through its architecture. Therefore, one's experience while visiting the facade is transformed from a bland modernistic approach to an overwhelming sense of awh from a more classical
From the observation tower the horizontal building’s three parallel bands can be seen that extend into the lush landscape. The architects’ concept was to immerse the museum in nature by creating a set of three bracketed pavilions under one roof surrounded by gardens. The roof can be seen as
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) within the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities. The two programs were combined and established in September 30, 1996. The program has been in existence for the past twenty years and was incorporated by Legislation. The IMLS provides federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The IMLS motto is Reimagine. In my own words establishing a museum and library in today’s 21s century of technology and digital resources would be the new “REIMAGE”.
The library consist of multiple publications, photographs, and personal papers. The shelving in the library is a good representation of horizontal lines. It stands out in the space and makes it look as if the space is full. I think the shelving is a point on emphasis in the library, it also makes the viewers eyes move along the space. Barragan does a good job of controlling the contrast of the geometric shapes used throughout the spaces.
Different architects have different styles because they are trying to get at different things. Architecture is not just about making something beautiful anymore, it is about trying to get across a set of ideas about how we inhabit space. Two of the most famous architects of the twentieth century, one from each side, the early part and the later part up until today each designed a museum with money donated by the Guggenheim foundation. One of these is in New York City, it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The other is in bilbao, Spain, and it was designed by Frank Geary. My purpose of this paper is to interrogate each of these buildings, glorious for different reasons, to show how each architect was expressing their own style.
Before the mid-twentieth century, museums in Europe and the United States were generally planned in variations of the neoclassical style. But, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao moved the heading of gallery outlines, which gave an extensive show venue to twentieth century and modern art, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry. Architecture is important nowadays to the public, because it offers a physical surrounding environment in where we live in. Moreover, architecture is not only affected by the culture, but also by the economy of the country.
These buildings appeared in different countries and periods of time, but still have some similarities. Both structures belong to the neoclassicism. The list of similarities includes pale frontispiece, columns in front of the entrance, inner arches and an overall impression of a Greek building. Rooms in both buildings have high ceilings, natural lighting and Greek style decorations. While Bank and Museum have general similarities – both are big old buildings with light-colored outer walls and elements of the Greek architecture in the exterior and interior, they have significant differences.