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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the February 28,

2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

His Audience in Suspense

I cannot imagine any building whose walls touch the

ground," said Le Corbusier, both a founder and an avid

proselytizer

of the International Style in architecture. Most of us, of course,

can scarcely imagine otherwise.

Should we look at, read, or listen to the big, dynamic drawings that

are the centerpiece of "Le Corbusier at Princeton 14-16 November

1935" at the Art Museum, Princeton University? Measuring some

16-feet each, these gestural colored drawings are so charged with

the vigor and enthusiasm of their maker, it’s as if, through them,

we can still hear the great man speak. Displayed flat, what was once

ephemera — chalk on tracing paper — is now sandwiched between

enormous slabs of heavy glass.

Acknowledged as the 20th century’s foremost master of design thought,

Le Corbusier’s life span extended from 1887 to 1965 — a generous

swathe that took him from a 19th-century childhood right through the

mid-century excitement of prosperity and progress.

His 1935 American lecture tour, sponsored by the Museum of Modern

Art, was designed to generate support for his desire for major urban

design commissions. It generated 300 yards of expressive drawings

which he left in his wake as gifts to his hosts. Delivered in French,

the lectures were accompanied by simultaneous translation by American

architect Robert Jacobs.

During the tour, Corbu’s revolutionary theories on urban planning

were placed front and center. His concept of "La Ville

Radieuse"

or "The Radiant City" shows its humanistic colors with a

scheme

that places a big central block of housing at its heart. Looking at

the plans today, one marvels to see factories, business district,

and heavy industry ring the housing blocks, in direct opposition to

the way we experience our empty-centered cities today.

Clearly Le Corbusier loved to talk, and never pulled his punches.

"I prefer New York! It’s hideous, but it’s honest," he

announced.

"It is the city of hard labor, but it doesn’t try to hide

the fact."

A product of the French rationalist tradition, Corbu’s lecture

drawings

gives us pie charts showing how our days are divided, and a wonderful

sunrise to sunset arabesque line that describes our 24-hour "solar

day." If we lived in center city, he reasoned, we’d have at least

three additional hours of leisure time each day.

"Current architecture is sad, chlorotic, nerveless, spiritless,

without consciousness of its means," writes Le Corbusier.

The effects of such proselytizing are vividly conjured in the

10-minute

film that accompanies the show. Made by Pierre Chenal in 1931 and

on loan from the MoMA collection, it opens with images of Corbu’s

signature metaphor. We see a sleek, ’30s automobile, an airplane,

and a Corbu-designed single family home. In this century of

technological

innovation, Corbu desires a house that is "une machine a

habiter"

— "a machine for living."

Many of his ideas were as pleasing as they were revolutionary: rooms

that do not require artificial light, pillars to float the house above

the landscape, roof gardens for family recreation. Yet despite the

reverence in which he is justifiably held, hindsight provides a

distinctly

funny side to the business. Take the two women in high-heels who pop

up to the roof garden, with a barefoot man in trunks, for a session

of calisthenics before work.

More chilling is the film’s closing section that shows the ancient

alleys of old Paris followed by the images of the architect as he

tackles a Paris map with a thick crayon. In a big, bold stroke he

proposes a death knell for the old center of Paris. Why? To make room

for identical, cruciform blocks of high-rise housing. "Une ville

moderne!" "A modern city!" In our own era of the attempted

renewal of the failed urban renewal of the 1960s, it’s hard to imagine

where the next inspiration lies.

— Nicole Plett

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In the Galleries

Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. An

exhibit

of photography by Aaron Usiskin, a Chapin School alumnus who earned

his MA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. To March 9.

Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton Day School, The Great

Road, 609-924-6700. "Mel Leipzig: A Realist’s Vision of Family

Life," an exhibition of paintings. Leipzig is a professor of art

and art history at Mercer County Community College whose paintings

are in collections at the New Jersey State Museum, Yale Art Gallery,

Newark Public Library, and the White House. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 9.

Numina Gallery, Princeton High School, Moore Street,

609-683-4480. The new student-run professional gallery features

"Manipulations,"

senior thesis work by Deborah Hay, Sookyoung Lee, and Claire

Schlosstein.

All profits go directly to PHS art programs. Monday to Friday, 3 to

5 p.m.; and by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To March 1.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Reflections," works by sculptor

Lynda Juel. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30

p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m. To March 30.

Stuart Country Day School, Norbert Considine Gallery,

1200 Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Within the Material World:

Contemporary

Artists From India," a group show featuring 14 contemporary

artists

from India. All profits from sale of the artwork will be donated to

the earthquake relief effort in India. Gallery hours are Monday to

Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To March 30.

The Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.

"Ancient Cultures Revisited: Etchings by Jorg Schmeisser, Painted

Panels and Sculpture by Sally Spofford," a presentation of works

reflecting civilizations in Cambodia, Central America, Greece, Japan,

Morocco, Russia, and Turkey. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 24.

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Campus Arts

Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. "Le

Corbusier at Princeton: 14 to 16 November 1935," an exhibition

of sketches and works related to the French architect’s Princeton

residency; to June 17. Also "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying

in the Arts of China," an exhibition of Chinese art; to July 1.

"Great Impressions: Art of the Print in the Western World,"

to March 19. On extended view in the Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s

"Weight and Measure" etchings. The museum is open Tuesday

through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours

of the collection are every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Princeton University, Firestone Library,

609-258-3184.

The Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the

exhibition

"A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton,"

an exhibition of more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts

that chronicle the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton. Library

is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.;

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

Princeton University, Milberg Gallery, Firestone

Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait

of the spirited, affluent Parisian society of the early 20th century

through "pochoir" (or stencil) prints. The show features 100

color prints, including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of

jazz, tango, high fashion, and modern art. Library is open Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

609-771-2198.

ACM Siggraph’s Traveling Show, "TechnoOasis," an exhibit of

digital paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and Web-based

projects by artists throughout the world. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

3 p.m. To March 28.

A panel discussion is scheduled in conjunction with the show on

Wednesday,

March 14, at 7 p.m., featuring three TechnOasis artists, Linda

Steinhardt

Majzner, Thomas Porett, and Francine Bonair.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center,

Lawrenceville,

609-896-5168. "David Dewey, Past and Present," an exhibition

of oils and watercolors by the author of "The Watercolor

Book."

The artist currently heads the art department at Lyme Academy of Fine

Arts in Connecticut and teaches at Parsons School of Design in New

York. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday to

Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. To March 4.

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Art in the Workplace

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206,

Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Contemporary Still Life: Vanitas to Veritas,"

featuring works by 13 artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New

York. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and

weekends

and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To March 4.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436.

"Kids

Art: An Exhibition of Trenton Students Art Work." Artworks’

Learning

Through Art (LTA) and Access to Art are educational outreach programs

for students in the Trenton public schools. LTA, an educational

program

developed by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, brings artists into

the schools to work with classroom teachers to reinforce core

curriculum

concepts through art. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To March 22.

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4023. "Through the Years in the Trenton

Community,"

an exhibition of works by Tom Malloy, artist and Trenton resident

since 1923. In the main lobby gallery that is always open. To March

23.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

Recent sculpture and drawings by Christopher Rothermel. Gallery hours

are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To March 1.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:

"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast

bronze;

"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture."

Show continues to April 8. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to

9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $4

Tuesday

through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Annual

memberships

start at $45.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "TAWA: Eyes on Trenton," a juried exhibition

of works in all media that focus on the city of Trenton. Juried by

longtime TAWA and New Jersey State Museum member Molly Merlino,

curator

Margaret O’Reilly, and registrar Jana Balsamo, the show features 65

works by 53 artists; to May 10. In the Friends’ Cafe Gallery,

"Watercolors

by Seow-Chu See," to March 4. Museum hours are Tuesday through

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Also on view, "Americans on the Silver Screen," an exhibit

of movie posters, press books, and lobby cards dating from 1934 to

1970 that explores the role of movies in creating and perpetuating

stereotypes of ethnic Americans.

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Area Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. A group theme show, "Bedtime Stories," featuring

works by Antonelle, Lombardi, Levine, Kelly, and others. Gallery hours

are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To March 31.

Gas House Gallery, 40 Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-4672.

A new gallery in the tradition of "Art’s Garage," featuring

the paintings of Hopewell artist Alan Taback. Taback began his career

as a plein-air painter, moved to portraiture, and has most recently

turned to abstract figurative work. The gallery is open weekends,

and by appointment.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

An exhibit by wildlife artist Beatrice Bork. Working primarily with

watercolor and gouache, her art focuses on capturing an expressive

moment in nature by observing the daily struggles that are full of

action, drama, or humor. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To March 30.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Donna Lish: Changing Metaphor," a one artist

show of abstract sculpture built of beads, plastic threads, and found

objects. Also, the "2001 Annual Members’ Exhibition" featuring

work by area artists in all media, juried by artist and arts writer

Carol Rosen. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both shows run to March 18.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Recent oil paintings by Don Jordan whose work

has been shown in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Jordan is

a member of TAWA and Artsbridge. To March 23.

"I have become increasingly aware of images resulting from both

the cognitive and emotional aspects of life’s experiences," says

Jordan. "My challenge is to paint the spirit of those images with

a balance of design, color, and intensity."

Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road,

609-275-2897.

A shared show by professional nature photographer Walt Marz and

13-year-old

newcomer Mark Gaal. To March 3.

Walt Marz, a long-time Plainsboro resident, has photographed all over

the world including Canada, China, Africa, and Peru. His photos have

been published in "Audubon," "New Star Ledger,"

"New

Jersey Outdoors," "People," and "WildBird." Gaal,

an eighth grader at St. Ann School, began his serious photography

hobby at age 10 when his mother, a professional wedding photographer,

gave him a little Minolta. He now uses two powerful cameras and enjoys

being around experienced photographers.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "Mixed Moxie: Creative Highlights from

College

Artists." Jurors Idaherma Williams, Cori Haveson, and Jim Jeffers

selected 55 pieces of varied media from students across the country.

Best of show awards presented in categories of mixed media,

printmaking,

and photography. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 7.

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Other Museums

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street,

New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. The newly expanded and renovated museum

features "Traffic Patterns: Images of Transportation in American

Prints between the Wars," to April 22. "Switch on the Night:

The Amazing Art of Leo and Diane Dillon," to April 1. "Collage

and Assemblage from the Dodge Collection," to April 1. Museum

hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults age 18 and up; free for

children and students; admission is free on the first Sunday of each

month.

Also, "Opening Up: A Half-Century of Artistic Dialogue between

Japan and the West" (ongoing). "A World of Stage: Designs

for Theater, Opera, and Dance from the Riabov Collection," to

March 31.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

Fifth anniversary group show features works by all 18 of the co-op

gallery’s members. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To March 4.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-0804.

"Lambertville & the Surrounding Area," the Lambertville

Historical

Society’s 21st annual juried art exhibition. Artist Sally Spofford,

invited to jury the show, selected awards to the following artists:

Marge Chavooshian, Steve Zazenski, Elsa Hermann, Mike Filipiak,

Alexander

Farnham, Robert Sakson, Vincent Ceglia, George Bramhall, and Ranulph

Bye. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March

18.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "The Logik of Josh Owen," an exhibition of

interactive

furniture and lighting designs. Owen is a 1994 graduate of Cornell

who earned his MFA in furniture design in 1997 at the Rhode Island

School of Design. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to

5 p.m. and by appointment. To April 30.

Owen’s furniture has user-friendly, interactive features such as his

"Occasionally Remarkable Tables" filled with thermochromatic

liquid crystals that change color in response to temperature (much

like mood rings). He is the principal and owner of Owenlogikdesign,

an industrial and graphic design studio in Philadelphia. He also

teaches

industrial design.

Owen says his "design strategy anticipates a flexible,

individuated relationship between user and object." His projects

are on the Web at www.owenlogik.com

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

"Kings and Queens," the new gallery’s debut exhibit features

works by Van Arno, Rich Borge, Ron English, Ward Sutton, Eric White,

and Ulana Zahajkewycz. Gallery proprietor Jonathan LeVine says he

strives to link nostalgia with modern taste including toys to harness

your imagination. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.

to 7 p.m. To March 25.


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