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Milwaukee Art Museum Publishes New Book on Santiago Calatrava-Designed Building


Posted on June 14th, 2005

Milwaukee, WI, June 14, 2005— The Milwaukee Art Museum announced the publication of a new book, Santiago Calatrava, Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion , by Rizzoli International Publishers and the Milwaukee Art Museum. This is the complete and definitive book on the first project built in the U.S. by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It was written by Cheryl Kent, with a forward by David Gordon, and new photography by Jeff Millies . The book will be available for purchase in the Milwaukee Art Museum Store June 21. Purchases can also be made online at www.mam.org .

Santiago Calatrava first established his reputation as the preeminent architect and engineer of our time with a stunning series of bridges designed for cities around the globe – Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Orleans, Seville, Venice and Jerusalem. Santiago Calatrava, Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion celebrates the introduction of Calatrava’s elegant forms to the American cityscape – the MAM expansion was his first North American building.

In 2001 Calatrava completed the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which Time Magazine named the best new design project of the year. The building features a 90-foot high glass-walled reception hall enclosed by the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen that can be raised or lowered to create a unique moving sculpture with a “wingspan” of 217 feet. This beautifully illustrated monograph is a detailed exploration of a remarkable architectural masterpiece.

The essay clearly explains the importance of the building to the Museum and the city, the novel construction challenges, and Calatrava’s thoughts about the site, the design, and his art. New photography catches the building in its many moods and illustrates both its external dynamism and its breathtaking interior spaces.

Cheryl Kent is an architecture writer living in Chicago. She is the author of Rizzoli’s The Nature of Dwellings, the Architecture of David Hovey . Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, and many other publications. Jeff Millies is staff photographer at Hedrich Blessing, the noted Chicago photographic firm. David Gordon is Director and CEO of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The book has 128 pages, including 100 color photographs and illustrations. Clothbound, $35.00. Softbound available only through the Milwaukee Art Museum, $19.95. For details call the Milwaukee Art Museum Store at 414-224-3210.

The Museum will offer a panel discussion and book signing in conjunction with the new book Thursday, September 8, 6:15 p.m. The program features Robert Greenstreet, dean of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, author Cheryl Kent and photographer Jeff Millies.

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