Nationally renowned architects and Wooster natives Paul and David Lewis, who designed The College of Wooster’s Bornhuetter Residence Hall along with Marc Tsurumaki, will return home next month to share some of their award-winning built and speculative designs when “LTL Architects Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis” opens in the Sussel Gallery of The College of Wooster Art Museum (1220 Beall Ave.). The exhibition runs from Jan. 17 through Mar. 5.
Founded in 1997 in New York City, LTL’s principals describe their practice as one that is “driven by a curiosity about the world and optimism about the architect’s role in shaping the built environment.” The firm’s work ranges from large-scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and speculative research projects.
“Fundamental to LTL’s practice is public experience, or thinking about how to use architecture to bring people together,” said Kitty McManus Zurko, director and curator of The College of Wooster Art Museum. “This can be seen in the cantilevered study nooks overlooking the entry courtyard in Bornhuetter Hall.”
The upcoming exhibition brings together 18 projects, including Arthouse at the Jones Center, a renovated contemporary art space in Austin, TX, that received a design award from the Texas AIA in 2011, and “Water Proving Ground,” a speculative project that was part of “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,” organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2010.
LTL Architects received the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and were also selected as one of six American architectural firms featured at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion. LTL’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Running concurrently in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery will be “Antti Laitinen: It’s My Island,” a three-channel video in which the Finnish artist builds a micro Island in the Baltic Sea. The videos document a three-month period in which the artist filled and dragged 200 sandbags into the water, despite rough waves and harsh climactic conditions, as a means of examining concepts of nationality, citizenship and identity. “In my performances, I place myself in different absurd situations that underlie an ironic and personal take on various social and cultural phenomena,” said the artist. “The absurdity comes from the seriousness with which it is performed.”
The opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6-8 p.m., with a Gallery Talk by Paul and David Lewis at 7 p.m. There will also be a faculty-student roundtable event on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery, featuring senior Sarah Appleton and professors Susan Clayton (psychology), Melissa Schultz (chemistry/environmental studies), Greg Wiles (geology) and Mark Wilson (geology). In addition, there will be a “Lunch in the Gallery” event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon, with a gallery talk by McManus Zurko. Reservations are not required for “Lunch in the Gallery,” where light refreshments will be served.
The College of Wooster Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. All receptions, lectures, exhibitions, and performances are free and open to the public. Group and class tours are also available. For more information or to arrange a tour, please call 330-263-2388 or visit artmuseum.wooster.edu.