Glucksman

Glucksman

Postby bitasean » Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:19 pm

great building, Ireland's best architects yada yada yada......

but in reading Shane O'Toole's review of it I'm struck by the insistence of architect's and architecture critics to make analogies between anything built of timber and a ship!! No Mr. O'Toole it is NOT like passing beneath [HTML]"what might be the curved hull of a ship"[/HTML]
it is in fact most certainly a building! And judging from it's irregular external form one may ascertain that it is without doubt someway connected to the arts, (since banks in Ireland have yet to start splashing out on formalistic follies.)

Having passed through the building and greatly admired the flow of its spatial sequence I was completely oblivious to the views which the windows apparently frame, which brings me to another point about exhibition spaces.... I'm begining to think that most contemporary galleries have their architectural highlights at the point where the skin of the box is broken and the spectator is afforded views back into the context. I'm thinking in particular of Moneo's one in Stockholm, and this leads me to think that apart from making visual connections between the interior spaces and the surrouding city, that architects are also and to a greater degree detracting from the power of the exhibition by letting their imaginations run free at the least oppertunity, hence the fancy detailed windows. Shouldnt art appreciation be about contemplation of the artist's efforts? and shouldnt the art viewer be allowed appreciate these without interuption from the architect?

On a side note does anybody think that Stephen Holl went completely overboard with the detailing at Kiasma, I mean you give an architect a project in Finland and he automatically has to bow down and kneel to Aalto. It's ridiculous, everywhere you look there's quirky door-knobs graffittied all over the building.

But anyway, to bring it back to OD+T, I think that their Glucksman gallery is commendable, but it opens the gates for a whole helluvalot more bad corporate Gehry impressions to come in the next few years. One thing I really liked about the gallery, which may have been unintentional on the part of the designers, is the sound emitted from the stone (limestone if I remember correctly) cladding on the walls of the main entry stairs as you tap them. It's like a stone xylophone, every gallery should have one for the kiddies.
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Re: Glucksman

Postby PVC King » Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:59 pm

I was wondering who Dr Lewis Glucksman was as it isn't exactly a Cork name,

UCC wrote:Dr Lewis Glucksman has had a long and successful career in investment banking and the money markets. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University (NYU). He has served as Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, NYU, where he conducted a distinctive course in financial problems and structural reorganizations and he funded a Chair for Celtic Studies. With his wife, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, he founded Glucksman Ireland House at NYU - a Centre for Irish Cultural Studies. Dr Glucksman funded the Glucksman Chair for Literature and the Glucksman Reading Room at the University of Limerick and in June 2003 he laid the foundation stone at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery here at UCC. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Treasury Management Agency in Ireland and is Chairman of Cork University Foundation. In 2002, Dr Glucksman was awarded an honorary doctorate by UCC in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of finance and banking and his philanthropy.


So it would appear that the chair of the Cork University Foundation put the funding together very well, interestingly his Wife Loretta Brennan is the current chair of the American Ireland Fund.
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Re: Glucksman

Postby lexington » Sat Jun 11, 2005 10:38 pm

Thomond Park wrote:I was wondering who Dr Lewis Glucksman was as it isn't exactly a Cork name,
So it would appear that the chair of the Cork University Foundation put the funding together very well, interestingly his Wife Loretta Brennan is the current chair of the American Ireland Fund.


She is also part of the Cork Airport Authority Board and in prime negotiations with (now) 3 US airlines about commencing scheduled Cork - USA transatlantic services. They include American Airlines, Continental and US Airways.

Mr. Glucksman also made sizeable donations in the funding of UCC's O'Rahilly Building (Phase 2). Hence the honourary name bestowed on the Gallery.
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Re: Glucksman

Postby JPD » Sun Jun 12, 2005 2:04 am

Good luck to her if there is a market I'm sure that now is a good time to get a US airline with the drop in internal US business, I saw that Continental recently launched a Belfast to Newark service.
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