Susan Morris

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Tap dancer Michelle Dorrance (literally) plays the Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum was used like a beatbox on February 16 by MacArthur “Genius” and tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, in collaboration with Nicholas Van Young, in a performance in the rotunda as part of the museum's Works & Process series. This is the first in a long-running series to take place at…

The best architectural films from this year’s Sundance/Slamdance

The annual ritual of the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals that take place simultaneously in Park City, Utah in January have just concluded. Here’s a rundown of films where architecture and design are featured characters. Watch out for these titles as are they are released. (Note: All films were screened…

New documentary delves into the history and legacy of Jane Jacobs

This is a story about our global urban future… It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities… with little or no input from those who inhabit them…. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City shows that anti-democratic approaches to city planning and…

We recap the best architectural offerings from the 54th New York Film Festival

Tantalizing uses of physical space and the built environment were integral to a wide range of the 44 films from around the world presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 54th New York Film Festival. From those that introduce or immerse you in their locales to those where architecture…

PBS launches 8th season of Art21 with focus on Chicago, Mexico City, Vancouver, and L.A.

The PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century, commonly called Art21, is now presenting its 8th season of profiles of contemporary visual artists. For the first time, programs are organized by location—Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Vancouver—rather than by theme. As a result, the series highlights the characteristics of…

Our highlights from the 8th Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City

The 8th Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) launched this week at the Cinépolis Chelsea and runs through Sunday, October 2. The opening night film was Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future featuring, and with cinematography by, Eero's son Eric. Other profiles depict architects such as Marcel Breuer,…

Our Tribeca Film Festival 2016 recap

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 15th year, featured a wide array of films on architecture, art, and design, many soon coming to a screen near you. They range from profiles of artists Maurizio Cattelan, Elizabeth Murray, and Chris Burden to feature films that use architecture in unexpected ways:…