Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Lecture: Swoon on the urban impact of collaborative gestures

Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Lecture: Swoon on the urban impact of collaborative gestures

The Loeb Fellowship has an extra reason to hail its anniversary this October: 45 years of bringing together accomplished mid-career design practitioners for a transformative year at the Harvard GSD. Loeb alumni, gathering from around the world in Cambridge, will start the reunion with some creative disruption when Swoon addresses the GSD community on October 22.

Berlin graffiti by SwoonCALEDONIA CURRY, working under the artist name Swoon, is a classically trained artist and printmaker whose work explores the relationship between people and the built environment. From giant portraits wheat-pasted on urban buildings to large-scale architectural installations, her work is distinguished by beauty and inventiveness, and her practice is a model of creative leadership.

In response to global warming, she and her collaborators built fantastical ships out of garbage and sailed the Hudson and Mississippi Rivers and across the Adriatic Sea to the Venice Biennale. Her project to build houses in post-earthquake Haiti is titled “Konbit Shelter,” using the Haitian Creole word for cooperative, community labor. Currently she is collaborating with the arts initiative New Orleans Airlift to construct a musical house, Dithyrambalina.

Swoon’s practice is a model for engaging with complex problems that cross disciplines. Social and cooperative, her art documents the struggles of people in vulnerable places with understanding and compassion.

When: October 22, 6:30 PM
Where: Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Photo by Duncan Cummings via Wikimedia

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