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SOF NEWS February 2014

Lyle Ashton Harris
Photo: Kwaku Gyaba
Mark Rabinowitz, restoration of statues by Alexander Stirling Calder
Photo: New York Times
Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, curated by Rosa Lowinger
David Mayernik, set design for Pimpinone, 2013
Photo: Chuck Osgood for Haymarket Opera
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Lyle Ashton Harris receives David K. Driskell Prize

The High Museum of Art has announced that Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR 2001 has received the David C. Driskell Prize . He will be honored at the Driskell Prize Dinner in Atlanta on 2 May.“Lyle Ashton Harris’ award-winning artwork has been widely celebrated with exhibitions, commissions and acquisitions,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. director of the High. “His work tackles issues of global and personal relevance, and it is only fitting that we recognize his artistic excellence on the 10th anniversary of the David C. Driskell Prize.” More of his work can be seen at CRG Gallery.

Last month the the Academy community lost Henri V. Jova, FAAR 1951, James Gresham, FAAR 1956, and Thomas F. Mayer, FAAR 2008. See Obituaries.

The Sor Juana Songs by John Eaton, FAAR 1962, RAAR 1975 was performed on 21 January at St.Peter's Church at Citicorp Center in New York Cuty. The performance featured the remarkable soprano, Sharon Harms, who sang at the Academy last spring, and the extraordinary pianist, Christopher Oldfather.

Conservator Mark Rabinowitz, FAAR 2011, has finished the restoration of four statues of early 20th century actresses, which have been reinstalled in their original niches at the I. Miller Building on Broadway at 46th Street in Times Square. Before and after photos are here. The work was done by Conservation Solutions where Rabinowitz is senior conservator and executive vice president.

Stephen Sears, FAAR 2000 has been granted tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is Associate Professor/Associate Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Rosa Lowinger, FAAR 2009 curated Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami. Photos can be seen here. The exhibition included work by Marie Lorenz, FAAR 2009. 

David Mayernik, FAAR 1989 has a new book. The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture: Between Imitation and Invention with illustrations largely by the author was published in November, 2013 by Ashgate. An article, “The Shape of Public Space: Space, Place and Junkspace,” is included in Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day, edited by Smith and Gadeyne.

His artistic productions last year included sets for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Telemann’s Pimpinone at the Haymarket Opera company in Chicago. He also won the open competition to paint the Palio of the city of Lucca, Italy, for the feast of S. Paolino in July. He and his wife Brette Jackson now spend part of the year at their apartment in Lucca and welcome visits from their Academy friends.