Plautz exhibit reception rescheduled


unnamed.jpgDue to inclement weather, tonight's opening reception for 
Seeing by Drawing has been cancelled. 

The rescheduled reception date is April 11th from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

New Exhibit: Michael Plautz

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Exhibit: February 20 - May 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20th | 5:30 - 7:30

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

210 Rapson Hall | University of Minnesota

89 Church St SE | Minneapolis

"Drawing is my view of the world - of all its beauty, of all its information"

blog post plautz1.jpg About Michael Plautz:

Former architecture professor and founder of RSP Architects, Michael Plautz spent most of his life designing and thinking about architecture.  The base of Plautz's work was seeing by drawing. Sacred places, gardens, and creatures are featured in the watercolors and drawings by Michael Plautz, in this commemorative exhibition.

The perFORM 2014 house design competition will showcase how high performance building and high design complement one another: by fusing the two we can create houses of unsurpassed beauty and efficiency.  Emerging architectural professionals (students and interns from US and Canada) will submit designs for a single-family house in Seattle that achieves a specified, low-load energy use intensity.  A panel of heavy-hitters from the Northwest architectural community will judge entries based on resourcefulness, replicability, and beauty.  First and Second place winners in the categories of Student-Individual, Student-Group, and Intern-Individual will receive cash awards and publication.  Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.  For more information or to register visit:

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Submission Deadline: March 24, 2014

The perFORM 2014 jury includes:
• Daniel Friedman, University of Washington Department of Architecture
• Jim Graham, Graham Baba Architects
• Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand
• Gladys Ly-Au Young, Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young
• Robert Peña, Integrated Design Lab (Peña also serves as perFORM advisor.)
• Jeffrey Stuhr, Holst Architecture
• Daniel Thomas, Hammer & Hand

We recently received the entire archive of screen printed works produced by Bongoût, a group of German screenprinters based in Berlin.


La Secte du Triangle, illustrations by Kikifruit and Bongoût, 2007.

Bongoût existed from 1995-2012 and was started by Meeloo Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård.  They produced silkscreen artists books and gig posters.  Everything is completely handmade.  They also did commissioned graphic design work for a variety of clients such as underground record lables and world music festivals to corporate clothing companies and tobacco companies.

"Bongoût" means "good taste."  The idea for their name came from a song by The Cramps called "You Got Good Taste."

IMG_1209.JPGHand Astronaut, illustrated by Michael DeForge in Canada, hand printed and colored by Bongoût, 2006.


"Our books are considered too raw to be contemporary art and too arty to be underground.  They fit somewhere between the two but they don't fit anywhere in particular."

Some of the work they print is considered sexually explicit.  Their response is that it is about freedom of speech and freedom of thinking and about questioning the limits of what can be created and published.  They believe subversion is defending freedom of speech.  Bongoût says they also just enjoy being subversive.


All of their works are in limited editions ranging from 50-180 editions.  They do not reprint anything because they constantly wanted to produce new work.

IMG_1203.JPGGris - Gris a collaboration of artists curated, printed and bound by Bongoût, 2008.


DIY is their motto.  They choose the artists they want to work with.  They print the book, do the color separations, choose the paper stock and print, fold and bind the books by hand.  When they make the book they improvise.  They do not make a plan and they create as they go, coming up with many unique books.

image(3).jpegWonder Beast, art by Nate Williams (n8w), Seriagraph by Bongoût


"It can be hard to find places to stock the books because they're strange formats.  If you put them on a shelf, you're either not going to see them or they're going to get ruined."

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Most of the items are in some sort of book format.  There are also loose prints, posters, hand sewn fabric covers, printed cardboard boxes.  Some resemble a book of prints, some unfold accordion style, and others are more zine-like.

IMG_1211.JPGLe Monde Microbes, Meeloo.

Even though Bongoût ceased production in 2012, you can still follow Anna Hellsgård & Christian Gfeller' s work here:

This entire archive consisting of over 100 items will be added to our Gorman Rare Art Book Collection which is housed in the James Ford Bell Library, located on the 4th floor of the Wilson Library.  You can make an appointment to look at these materials.

Claes Oldenburg in the collection


The Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties exhibit will be up at the Walker until January 12, 2014.

You might know Claes as the artist who created the iconic Minneapolis Spoonbridge Cherry piece in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  "Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen." - Wikipedia

We have several works about him in our collection.


We have this book, "Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties," in our collection.

The Gorman Rare Art Book Collection contains an exhibition catalog from the MOMA, published in 1970, titled, "This book about the Work of Claes Oldenburg was written by Barbara Rose for the Museum of Modern Art."  You can view this item in the James Ford Bell Library which is located in the Wilson Library. Plan your visit.

Browse through our works on Claes Oldenburg

Call for Artists

University of Minnesota's Regis Center for Art is seeking art for an exhibition in the Quarter Gallery. 

There will be a exhibition on art and labor in the Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art this spring, curated and juried by University of Minnesota undergraduate student Anna Meteyer.


About the Exhibit

The exhibition will explore the role of human labor within, outside of, and in opposition to today's capitalist system, both on a global scale and within our own communities, throughout history and in the present day. The exhibition aims to both cry out in solidarity with those suffering exploitation under capitalism, and also celebrate the self-determination and resistance exercised among laborers who stand against the system, whose struggle has defined laborers as powerful political agents throughout history.

Submission Details

Artists whose work addresses one or more of these themes are invited to submit 3 examples of their work for consideration. Send an email to with the following information: name, 100 word artist statement, 100 word artist biography, and three examples of work in digital (jpg) files, and an image list including title, the date created, the medium, and the dimensions.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013

The call for artists is published on MN Artists

Companion Exhibit

The companion exhibit will feature related historical and documentary materials from Gorman Rare Art Book Collection as well as from other University of Minnesota Libraries.  This companion exhibit will be organized by Anna, Arts & Architecture Collections Intern, Lindsay Keating and Arts & Architecture Librarian, Deborah Boudewyns.

Design Competitions


Reviving the Icon

The Flinders Street Station Design Competition

The winner: HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron


The competition: 

"Focusing on the need for renovation, preservation and development, the government of the Australian State of Victoria announced a $1M international competition in November 2011, with a goal to revive the landmark site and enhance its importance as the city's gateway public space. The competition followed a two-stage process according to AIA guidelines, with the first round of design proposals submitted by mid-2012 and second round proposals due in 2013."

About Flinders Street Station:

"Since its construction over a century ago, Melbourne's Flinders Street Station has remained as an impressive example of public architecture throughout the city's history. However, the gradual deterioration of the building over the last 50 years has greatly diminished the image of the Flinders Street Station of today. Nevertheless, despite the neglect of the upkeep, the station continues to be used by more than 150,000 passengers every day, with the intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets remaining to be the busiest intersection in Melbourne."

Read the full article here

Article includes more pictures of the winning design as well as pictures of the six finalists' designs.

Halftime at the Nobel Center Competition

The Adjudication Process Not Completely Anonymous  

"The initial phases of the international architectural competition for a new Nobel Center in Stockholm has concluded; but serious questions have already arisen concerning the adjudication process. According to the competition brief: "the competition (in the first stage) includes an overall design concept explaining how the building will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on Blasieholmen. The proposals are anonymous and assessed by criteria in the competition brief. The jury will not comment on any proposal until November 2013 when two to five proposals have been selected to proceed to the second stage of the competition upon which the names of the finalist architects will be revealed. Thus, the finalists will then have the possibility to participate in public discussions regarding the design of the future Nobel Center. The second stage of the competition includes further refinement. A winning proposal will tentatively be presented in April 2014. It will then make the basis for the detailed planning process."

Includes a list of the shortlisted firms and their designs

 "Art is that Ithaca, a green eternity, not wonders.  Art is endless like a river flowing, passing, yet remaining."

- Jorge Luis Borges



The Common Trail of Art and Science

Curated by Roslye Ultan

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 WHEN - October 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014

WHERE -  Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
210 Rapson Hall | University of MN | 89 Church St. SE | Minneapolis
Institute on the Environment, Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Ave | St. Paul
An exhibition involving 24 artists addressing the intersection of art and science in their work, particularly regarding the environment and sustainability.
About Tales of Environmental Turbulence:
Art and the intersection with the sciences is an endless way of seeing and knowing the world
around us through careful observations of the smallest details to the broad and sweeping
skyscapes, oceanscapes and landscapes. Art is, as are the sciences, full of wonder and the unknown. According to the poet Jorge Luis Borges, "Art is that Ithaca, a green eternity, not
wonders. Art is endless like a river flowing, passing, yet remaining." It is in this exhibition that organizers began exploring this inevitable intersection of disciplines to facilitate a deeper way to communicate challenging and difficult concepts affecting us individually and globally at this time of cultural paradigm twists and shifts.
About the Conversation E-Project:
The exhibition is the second part of a project funded by a mini-grant from the University of
Minnesota Institute on the Environment and GATE (Greening and Art Together Evolving).
"Conversation-E: Science + Art in Dialogue and Service to Sustainability." The first part of the project was an interactive workshop in Cloquet, MN, where artists and scientists explored the changes in northern forests associated with climate change and the research that is being done at Cloquet to quantify the nature of those changes. The University of Minnesota team is led by  Jonee Kulman Brigham, Research Fellow, College of Design; Roslye Ultan, Curator and U of MN Senior Faculty; Peter Reich, Regents Professor, Department of Forest Resources; and Rebecca A. Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources.
Contact: Roslye B. Ultan, (612) 889-1313, 
Learn more atConversations-E Blog
"I like to think of drawing as an elaborate process that often reveals the hidden dimension of the human spirit." -- Clarence Morgan


WHEN - September 20 - December 31, 2013

WHERE - Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library |
210 Rapson Hall | University of MN | 89 Church St. SE | Minneapolis

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Image: Lesson in Resistance, 2012
Acrylic, black gesso, pencil, collage on canvas over panel; 40" x 40"

Clarence Morgan, Professor of Art, University of Minnesota, is a visual artist whose studio focus is centered on painting, drawing, and printmaking - often of an abstract nature. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawing, collage elements, and subtle color, Morgan's work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings. Morgan's prints, paintings, and works on paper can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Asheville Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Weisman Museum of Art .

Summer Exhibition


40 Photographs + 45 Drawings: Summer of Discovery & Practice at Lake Harriet
features work 
by Virajita Singh, Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, College of Design. Drawings, photos and artefacts document Singh's lake walks and her explorations as an artist present to nature. The exhibit in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library Gallery will be up through September 12, 2013.