Seismic Shifts at The National Academy

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March 20, 2013
An exhibition currently on view at the National Academy Museum in New York, Seismic Shifts, explores paradigmatic shifts in modern culture. Featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, video, and architectural models from ten multi-disciplinary artists including Nick Cave, Tom Friedman, Wangechi Mutu, Betye Saar, and architects Greg Lynn, Kate Orff, and Moshe Sadie, the show highlights their contributions to society through personal investigations, innovation, and exploration of contemporary issues in their work. Each work shows a change in perspective in contemporary society across a variety of themes ranging from the political and social to the environmental and cultural. The show runs through May 5, 2013. More information can be found here. Click through for a closer look at some of the game-changing works on display at Seismic Shifts.
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  Nick Cave’s emblematic Soundsuits occupy an amorphous space between costuming, performance art, and dance. Soundsuit, 2009. Human hair. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
    Nick Cave’s emblematic Soundsuits occupy an amorphous space between costuming, performance art, and dance. Soundsuit, 2009. Human hair. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
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  Breaking new ground, architect Greg Lynn navigates the digital landscape with his firm, FORM. Using technological advances in architectural modeling, he created a prototype of a movable living environment. Each surface of the model is capable of transforming into part of the living space. Greg Lynn, RV (Room Vehicle) Prototype, 2012. Computer generated rendering in three superimposed orientations. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
    Breaking new ground, architect Greg Lynn navigates the digital landscape with his firm, FORM. Using technological advances in architectural modeling, he created a prototype of a movable living environment. Each surface of the model is capable of transforming into part of the living space. Greg Lynn, RV (Room Vehicle) Prototype, 2012. Computer generated rendering in three superimposed orientations. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
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  Conceptual sculptor Tom Friedman used a myriad of multi-sized Styrofoam blocks for this geometric (and architectural) sculpture conceived specifically for Seismic Shifts. Tom Friedman, Untitled (Styrofoam Blocks), 2012. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
    Conceptual sculptor Tom Friedman used a myriad of multi-sized Styrofoam blocks for this geometric (and architectural) sculpture conceived specifically for Seismic Shifts. Tom Friedman, Untitled (Styrofoam Blocks), 2012. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
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  Venturing below sea level, Kate Orff and her firm SCAPE explore the nautical landscape. The model seen here examines affordable and sustainable opportunities for restorative landscape design. Her model’s relevance is heightened during the current dialogue about urban coastlines and rising sea levels. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
    Venturing below sea level, Kate Orff and her firm SCAPE explore the nautical landscape. The model seen here examines affordable and sustainable opportunities for restorative landscape design. Her model’s relevance is heightened during the current dialogue about urban coastlines and rising sea levels. Image provided courtesy of the National Academy.
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  The US Institute of Peace Building continues in Moshe Safdie’s legacy of innovative use of materials. The toroidal forms at play here challenge occupants’ conception of the space. Moshe Safdie, US Institute of Peace Building, 2001, Washington, D.C. Photo by Timothy Hursley.
    The US Institute of Peace Building continues in Moshe Safdie’s legacy of innovative use of materials. The toroidal forms at play here challenge occupants’ conception of the space. Moshe Safdie, US Institute of Peace Building, 2001, Washington, D.C. Photo by Timothy Hursley.

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