Between collection launches, architecture announcements, museum openings, and more, it’s hard to keep on top of all the news in the design world. Enter the Weekly Roundup, AD PRO’s regular callout of developing, overheard, and confirmed news that’s worth noting. Consider it our way of keeping you even more in the know.
Is Your Shipping Company an Influential Right-Wing Donor?
On Tuesday, Artnet pointed out a riveting New York Times story on “the most powerful conservative couple you’ve never heard of.” In their piece, Stephanie Saul and Danny Hakim explore the quiet influence of Liz and Dick Uihlein, owners of the successful shipping and packaging company Uline. “The Midwestern couple has joined the upper pantheon of Republican donors alongside names like Koch, Mercer, and Adelson,” reads the story. “They have spent roughly $26 million on the current election cycle, supporting more than 60 congressional candidates, working outside the party establishment to advance a combative, hard-right conservatism, from Washington to the smallest town.” Their work includes support for Roy Moore and Donald Trump. Might be time to make sure you know where your shipping dollars go.
East Village Welcomes Annabelle Selldorf’s Swiss Institute
Selldorf Architects has completed the new headquarters for the not-for-profit Swiss Institute in a 7,500-square-foot converted bank building in Manhattan’s East Village. The project cost a total $5 million and will provide a new space for the Institute to show contemporary art. The new building will also house several residencies and other community programs. 38 St. Marks Place. swissinstitute.net
Olson Kundig Will Design the Bob Dylan Center
Here’s hoping Tom Kundig, Jim Olson, and their team are Dylan fans: The firm has been selected as lead architects on the forthcoming Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The center will house both permanent and temporary exhibitions relating to Dylan and his cultural significance. It will also collaborate with the Bob Dylan Archive and the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa. “I’m glad that my archives, which have been collected all these years, have finally found a home and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American Nations. To me, it makes a lot of sense and it’s a great honor,” Dylan said in a release. Says Kundig, “This is a deeply meaningful project for us – not only acting as architectural support to Bob’s transformational legacy and creative, disciplined force but also in preserving the teaching value of his legacy for future generations.” The center is expected to be completed in 2021.
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