Sunday, March 18, 2007

On the Radio: The Gehry makeover of the Weisman
In the past few years, it seems as if every major art institution in town has gotten a facelift or a new building. The Guthrie Theatre, Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts all hired big-name, out-of-town architects for their makeovers. Now it’s the Weisman Art Museum’s turn.

And the architect that did the 1993 original -- Frank Gehry of Los Angeles -- is back to work on the addition. I wrote about this in a pair of earlier posts. And now you can listen to a radio story I produced on the topic. The link takes you to an online version of the podcast. The story, which airs on KFAI Radio during the Evening News at 6 p.m. on Monday, includes interviews with Lyndel King, Weisman director, and Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota campus. (You can also subscribe to the podcast at the Apple iTunes store.)

"The original building is itself a remarkable structure," says Fisher. "What I like about the additions is they are broken up so they don’t overpower the original. They respect the original."

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