Art and Architecture Lectures This Week At Historic 5th Street School In Downtown Las Vegas

Public Art Visiting Artist Lecture: Tuesday September 8, 7pm at the Historic 5th Street School Auditorium in Downtown Las Vegas. Open to the public with no cost. Sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission and in collaboration with the UNLV Department of Art.

Robert Irwin consulted on the master plan for Dia:Beacon, creating, in particular, the design and landscaping of the outdoor spaces, and the entrance building and the window design. He was born in Long Beach, California, in 1928, and studied in Los Angeles at the Otis Art Institute (1948–50), the Jepson Art Institute (1951), and the Chinouard School of Art (1952–54). Since his first solo exhibition, at the Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1957, he has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in North America and abroad. Irwin received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984. In 1993, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, initiated a major retrospective of his work, which subsequently traveled to Paris, Madrid, and Cologne. Among his numerous public projects, the most recent is the monumental garden he designed for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which opened in 1997. Dia held a two-part exhibition of Irwin’s work in 1998–99, showing two site-specific installations, Prologue: x183 and Excursus: Homage to the Square³. Irwin currently lives and works in San Diego. Currently finishing the Palm Garden at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

UNLV Downtown Design Center Lecture Series: The UNLV Downtown Design Center is pleased to present a lecture by Ray Calabro, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, Seattle, Washington,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 7pm, in the Fifth Street School Auditorium. (401 South 4th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101) This lecture is free and open to the public.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. The firm’s work is known for exceptional design, for its commitment to the particularity of place and user, and for an extraordinary aesthetic based on a quiet rigor which is both intellectual and intuitive.
The firm’s work ranges greatly in scale and circumstance. Its architecture is alive to the subtleties of place – man-made or natural, to the varied natures of people, to the sensibilities of individuals, to the character of institutions, and to the rich possibilities of materials and the means of construction.
During its 44 years of practice Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has achieved an extraordinary record of design achievement. The firm is the recipient of 8 national Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and has received over 390 awards recognizing the firm’s design abilities. In 1994, the practice received the Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Ray Calabro, AIA, is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Seattle, Washington office. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Mr. Calabro has worked for BCJ in their Pittsburgh and Seattle offices since 1995.