Welcome back to another Wednesday, and another roundup of mid-week happenings.
Here’s what you need to know:
The new Orange County Museum of Art will open in 2022
Morphosis’s new vision for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) was first unveiled in 2018, and now the project finally has an opening date. The 53,000-square-foot facility, which will increase the museum’s exhibition space by 50 percent once complete, is now on track to open on October 8, 2022. That’s timed to coincide with the opening of its first show, the California Biennial 2022 exhibition; the original California Biennial ran from 1984 through 2010, with California-Pacific Triennials in 2013 and 2017, and the exhibition will shine a spotlight on the state’s design history.
Vancouver residents are up in arms over a climate change sculpture, and it isn’t the first time
Speaking of biennials, the upcoming Vancouver Biennale has residents whipped into a fervor over a proposed sculpture from Chinese artist Chen Wenling. The statue, Boy Holding a Shark, depicts a crying green boy holding a melting shark atop a lighthouse-like pole and is intended as a stark warning about climate change for a waterfront enclave. But residents of the False Creek South neighborhood are so aggrieved at the sculpture’s possible presence that they’ve put together a petition to stop the project’s installation, which, at the time of writing, has garnered nearly 1,400 signatures. Residents are reportedly complaining not only about the height and location of the piece but the ethnicity of the artist, questioning why the city needs yet another work from a Chinese creator.
H/t to The Art Newspaper
Putting a dollar value on the costs of wide streets
Researcher and University of California, Los Angeles urban planning professor Adam Millard-Ball is putting a dollar figure on the obsession American cities have with ultra-wide streets. Surveying 20 of the largest counties across the United States, he found that streets averaged 55 feet wide, with some maxing out at 80 feet, and represented 18 percent of all land area in total. How much could be built if that land wasn’t stuck as pavement?
H/t to Bloomberg CityLab
An endangered Keith Haring mural in Barcelona gets a reprieve
In Barcelona, Spain, tucked behind a DJ’s booth at what was once the Ars Studio club, hangs a forgotten Keith Haring mural that preservationists had feared was at risk of either being torn down or rotting in place without proper care. Now, the Barcelona City Council has asked the regional government for help preserving the 1989 mural, painted one year before Haring’s death from AIDS-related complications, paving the way for the piece’s preservation.
H/t to Hyperallergic
Stonewall Inn embroiled in a landlord battle over what will happen to the original space
Although the Stonewall Inn, the site of the Stonewall riots in 1969 that were widely regarded as kicking off the movement for LGBTQ+ rights in the U.S., was named a National Monument in 2016, the saga over the bar’s preservation is far from over. The original Stonewall Inn has since been subdivided into two private storefronts; the first houses the modern-day Stonewall Inn bar, while the second at 51 Christopher Street currently sits empty. While the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association had been aiming to create a visitors center in the space, the owners are angling for an expensive long-term lease and have given the government and community partners one week to respond. After that? The location could go the way of many other rent-squeezed New York businesses and become a bank or other chain location.
H/t to The Daily Beast
New York’s City Council will vote on including racial equity reports in rezonings
New York’s City Council is reportedly gearing up to pass a new bill that would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Department of City Planning to create a data tool for developers to use when applying for rezonings. By aggregating neighborhood demographics, income, displacement risk, and other factors, developers would be able to use the tool to create mandated equity reports, which would become required to include with their applications. The City Council will vote on the measure this Thursday, and if approved, would take effect starting June 2022.
H/t to The Real Deal