Art / Science Collaborations
CCMHT and the National Park Service (NPS) hosted a residency that invited artists to work alongside NPS scientists in the field.
Guest curators, Dylan Gauthier and Kendra Sullivan, visual artists and members of the Brooklyn-based art collective Mare Liberum have selected a group of ten artists and writers working at the intersections of art, science, ecology, and land and water based practices. The visiting artists will spend two weeks in May and two in October in the modern houses, (owned by the NPS and restored by CCMHT) with public presentations of their work to follow.
From mapping the sea floor and tracking the health of marshlands, to studying Hognose snakes and Spadefoot toads, there are over 70 science research projects going on at any given time in the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Modern houses (owned by the NPS and restored by CCMHT) also served as laboratories for their original inhabitants who sought empirical data to inform new approaches to visual art, curation, and the design of furniture, housing and urban spaces. This mid-century creative community that worked and shared ideas in the Cape’s piney woods and isolated beaches included: Marcel Breuer, Serge Chermayeff, Olav Hammarstrom, Paul Weidlinger, Walter Gropius, Xanti Schawinsky, Konrad Wachsmann, Constantino Nivola, the Saarinen and Kepes families and Florence and Hans Knoll, among others.
This project was organized by Peter McMahon, Executive Director of CCMHT and Principal of PM Design in South Wellfleet in the spirit of artist and MIT professor, Gyorgy Kepes, who sought to bridge the gaps between art, design and hard science to catalyze fresh insight.
No residency in 2016 due to program re-organization.
Our residency program consisted of a symposium with scholars on Cape Cod called ‘Rural Communities Today’, which took place in Chermayeff’s studio and at the Library in Wellfleet. This two-day gathering aspired to further the tradition of conversations and intellectual gatherings that took place on the Outer Cape in the mid-twentieth century. Leading scholars and professionals, together with local officials, discussed questions of land use, housing, infrastructure and ecology in an attempt to understand the existing conditions and opportunities for development in rural settlements today.
For more information on the event and a follow-up event, go to http://www.intheshadowofthemegacity.blogspot.com/
The Scholars in Residence were:
Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urban political economy and sociospatial theory. He previously taught Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at NYU for over a decade. His most recent book is Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2013). Brenner directs the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD (urbantheorylab.net), a research collective that uses the tools of critical urban theory, historical geopolitical economy and radical cartography to decipher emergent patterns of urbanization, dispossession and struggle under twenty-first century capitalism.
D’Hooghe is associate professor with tenure at MIT and founding partner of the ‘Organization for Permanent Modernity’, a professional firm and think tank for urbanism and architecture, with locations in Boston and Brussels. Currently, he also directs the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, focused on large-scale contemporary design problems. He has published internationally, notably with ‘the Liberal Monument’ (Princeton, Fall 2010) and with recent papers in relevant journals in Germany, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, the USA, etc. His urban designs and analyses have included sites in New York City, Shenzhen, Brussels, Ostend, The Hague, Reykjavik, South-Korea, parts of Russia, etc. With the design office, he develops durable architectures: simple artifacts able to handle complex demands and requirements.
Susannah C. Drake
Susannah C. Drake is the founding principal of Dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc. DLANDstudio received the 2014 New Practices New York award.In 2013 she was awarded the National AIA Young Architects Award, Fellowship in the ASLA and recognized as an Architectural League Emerging Voice. She is currently the Urban Design Fellow for the Design Trust for Public Space, Under the Elevated project. The firm received city, state, national and international design awards from the AIA, ASLA, BSA, and Chicago Athenaeum among others. With grants from foundations and public agencies DLANDstudio redesigns underutilized infrastructure corridors for stormwater capture, climate resilience and park development. Susannah was the Cejas Scholar at Florida International University in 2014 and has taught at Harvard, Syracuse, Washington University in Saint Louis, City College of NY and the Cooper Union. Susannah received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Dartmouth College and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University GSD. She is a registered architect and registered landscape architect.
Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. An architect and architectural historian, he studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London. He worked as an architect in England, Israel, and the United States. He has made a number of contributions to the field of housing design in both London and New York, including 600 units of low-rise high-density housing for the Urban Development Corporation of New York State designed under the auspices of Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. In 1976 he became a fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and a co-founding editor of its journal Oppositions. A member of the faculty at Columbia University since 1972, he has also taught at the Royal College of Art, the Architectural Association and Princeton University.
Frampton has written extensively and contributed to a range of journals internationally. His publications include: “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance”, Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work and Architecture (2002), Modern Architecture: A Critical History (now in 4th edition), Five North American Architects: An Anthology (2012) and the forthcoming Genealogy of Modern Architecture: A Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form.
Jaime Stein is an Academic, Sustainability Consultant and Urban Researcher with more than 15 years experience in advocating for sustainable communities through community engagement, sustainability planning and policy analysis. Currently, Ms Stein directs the Sustainable Environmental Systems program at Pratt Institute, a master of science in sustainability studies with a curriculum at the nexus of environmental design, science and policy. Her academic research focuses on systems thinking integrated with community self-determination, green infrastructure and community based resilience. She is Co-Director of Pratt Institute’s Recovery, Adaptation Mitigation & Planning (RAMP) initiative, is a founding member of the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition as well as the Collective for Community, Culture & the Environment. In addition to her role at Pratt, Jaime serves on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Infrastructure Steering Committee and is the Mayoral Appointee for the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation.
Livia Corona Benjamin
Our 2013 artist/scholar residents consisted of the six teams of finalists for our Add-on ’13 affordable housing competition with over 120 design entries. These, mostly young, architects and designers all spent a week in one of our restored houses. The competition involved a year-long collaboration with the Wellfleet Housing Commission, Boston Society of Architects (local chapter) and Wellfleet residents.
We held a community forum in the Wellfleet library where finalists and residents could meet and exchange information. The crowd filled the large meeting room to capacity. We had a final exhibit of the finalist’s work at a local venue which then traveled to the Boston Society of Architects gallery in Boston. For images of all projects go to:
The finalists were:
Alexander + Shanks (Michael Alexander and David Shanks)
C x M x D (Christopher Lee, Mengyi Fan and Dungjai Pungauthaikan)
Loadingdock5 (Sam Bargetz, Gabriele Moritz, Werner Morath)
Loadingdock5, an architectural studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is striving for quality design, innovation, and sustainable design solutions. “We like modern architecture and design for new construction but also authentic and gentle upgrading of existing historic structures. Additionally we are interested in technologies as the Passive House standard to reduce the energy demand of our buildings.”
Werner Morath studied architecture in Europe at l’Ecole d’Architecture de Paris in France and at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, graduating in1997.He has received two grants for excellence in design, the Tische Grant in 1997, awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, and the Erasmus Scholarship for urban studies. Werner moved to New York in 1997 to work for the Vito Acconci Studio. He later worked as an architectural designer for HIRA Architects before starting his own practice in 2002. Werner is a registered architect in New York State.
Sam Bargetz studied architecture in Vienna, Austria at the Technical University and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. After working for a number of offices in Vienna and Berlin he came to New York in 1997 on a Tische Scholarship to work for Michael Sorkin.This was followed by a three-year position as architectural designer at Tsao McKown Architects. Sam is a certified Passive House consultant. www.loadingdock5.com
Matt Coffey Jason Michael Fay and Shaun Morris
WCA (Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson and Shane Williamson)
“We had the privilege of staying in the Kugel/Gips House in the summer of 2013, while developing our submission for the Add-On ’13 Competition for an affordable accessory building sited in Wellfleet. It gave us the chance to understand the local environment, tour regional housing typologies, engage with the year-round community and experience the day-to-day culture of the Outer Cape. These things are critical for architects when designing homes. Our stay allowed us to live like locals for a time and afforded us insights we would not have otherwise had.
Staying at this heritage house allowed us to absorb the place in a quiet way. The changing light throughout the day and the still mornings were exceptionally serene. The proximity to the incredible and diverse landscape of the Cape Cod National Seashore inspired in a completely different way and provided the most incredible lunches and dinners! We don’t often have the opportunity to absorb the environment in this way and truly cherished the experience.”
To see their add-on ’13 submission, go to http://williamsonchong.com/projects/add-on/
Rob Doane sculptor, artist
“Silence was the first thing I noticed sitting at the desk, cantilevered like a diving board over the pond, which I could not seem to look away from. The bright May sunshine was irresistible and soon my toes felt the cool, cold water of the kettle pond. Being connected to nature is essential to my being and I have never experienced a permanent structure more integrated into the landscape than the Kugel-Gips house. Through the glass walls I created vignettes as fast as I could draw them and took time each day to get lost in the trails of the surrounding woods. At the end of my time in the house, I realized that, as the modernists believed, through my work the possibility to affect change in others and the world exists.”
Rob Doane is an artist living and working in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Energized by the diverse landscape and resplendent light of outer Cape Cod, his abstract paintings, sculpture, and videos engage in a relational dialog between the natural world and the built environment. Rob’s field research, among the ocean, dunes, beaches, ponds and woods of Wellfleet, informs his vibrant color palette. Vast swaths of rich blues and reds are tempered with steely blue grey and charcoal burnishing.
Ed Ford architect and author
Edward Ford is an architect and the author of The Details of Modern Architecture (MIT, 1990, German edition: Birkhauser, 1994, Japanese Edition: Maruzen, 2000) and The Details of Modern Architecture, Volume 2 (MIT, 1996, Japanese Edition: Maruzen, 2000). He is currently a Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor at University of Virginia.
“It is the end of my third day at the Kugel Gips house. The sun has come out after two days of rain. In some ways the house is just as enjoyable without the full sun. The pond is more enigmatic in the fog. As much as anything I enjoy the acoustics of the house. The birds start in just after dawn in an encyclopedia of birdcalls. This evening something was going on with the Mourning Doves. I could not count how many were singing around the house, and despite the melancholy nature of the call that gives the bird its name, I suspect romance was in the air. By dark the birds are quieter and the frogs take over. Glen Murcutt, the great Australian architect once told me that in a good house you could always tell if it was raining outside. If this is true the Kugel Gips house is a great one for you are never much disconnected for the outdoors. It seems at one with the place it is in.”
To see full report on his residency go to:
Suzan Frecon artist
Frecon has exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. In 2008, her work was the subject of a major solo exhibition, form, color, illumination: Suzan Frecon painting, at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, which traveled to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. She has participated in a number of recent group exhibitions, including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California (2011 and 2009); Boston University Art Gallery (2010); and the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Works by the artist are represented in the permanent collections of prominent institutions, including the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She lives and works in New York.
While here, Susan worked on preparatory drawings for one of her subsequent paintings.
For more information on her work go to:
David Reinfurt graphic designer, teacher
David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer and writer in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993 and received an MFA from Yale University in 1999. On the first business day of 2000, David formed O-R-G inc., a flexible graphic design practice composed of a constantly shifting network of collaborators. Together with graphic designer Stuart Bailey, David established Dexter Sinister in 2006 — a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side in New York City. The workshop is intended to model a Just-In-Time economy of print production, running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale publishing. This involves avoiding waste by working on-demand, utilizing local cheap machinery, considering alternate distribution strategies, and collapsing distinctions of editing, design, production and distribution into one efficient activity. Dexter Sinister published the semi-annual arts magazine Dot Dot Dot from 2006-2011. David recently launched a new umbrella project called The Serving Library with Stuart Bailey and Angie Keefer. David was 2010 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in Architecture and Design and currently teaches at Princeton University.
David wrote that his residency: “led directly to curating an exhibition currently on view at Columbia University Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery. the show, Messages and Means: Muriel Cooper at MIT travels to MIT in the fall and then on to London in Spring 2015. it will also form the basis of a book of the same name I am publishing with MIT Press in 2016.”
A link to the show:
For his blog post on his residency got to:
Barbara Hammer film maker, artist
Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video. She has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema.
In 2013 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a film Waking Up Together on the poet Elizabeth Bishop. She was awarded the same year a Marie Walsh Sharpe artist studio to work on performance projection.
Hammer was honored with a month long retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City from September 11-October 13, 2010. In February 2012 she had a month long retrospective at The Tate Modern in London followed by retrospectives in Paris at Jeu de Paume in June 2012 and the Toronto International Film Festival in October 2013.
Her work is represented by the gallery Koch Oberhuber Woolfe in Berlin, Germany where her first solo exhibition ran from February 11-April 17, 2011 and her third exhibition of collages and drawings in fall 2014.
For more information on her work go to:
Josephine Wiggs musician-composer
Josephine Wiggs was a founding member of The Breeders. She collaborated with Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson) to make the album Dusty Trails (which includes a song written for and sung by Emmylou Harris), and music for the film Happy Accidents by Brad Anderson. Recent work includes the soundtrack for a short film by internationally acclaimed choreographers chameckilerner, commissioned by Performa09, which premiered at SFMOMA. Current projects include the soundtrack for Spectral Houses, a documentary about the Modern houses in Wellfleet.
“My week in the Kugel-Gips House made me more aware of the two contrasting landscapes which are in proximity to the house, as well as how I experience these landscapes. There are the intimate, enclosed spaces of the pitch pine forests and the ponds which are encircled by them. Within the forest, the uniform verticals of the trees seem architectural, like columns, and evoke in one a sense of interiority, stillness and seclusion, as if in a sacred space.
I wanted to try and convey in my music my impression of these landscapes, which, though very different, both possess a harmonious simplicity and calm (in profound contrast to the spaces most of us inhabit most of the time). My approach is minimal in both instrumentation and in structure, using simple motifs and linear repeated forms to create a mood of measured, quiet reflection, and using minor keys and unresolved, open harmony to evoke an atmosphere of immeasurable space.”
To see her whole blog entry about her residency and mushroom hunting go to:
James Royce RLA landscape architect
“I revel in the opportunity afforded to me by a week at the Kugel-Gips house (thank you Peter!) to take time to study more closely the original goals and ideals of the early modernists and reflect upon these to consider how they could inform design dialogue, highlight or address current issues, and be applied in a way that is relevant and practical to the problems we face today; not just ones of design but also of environment, society and economy. Can we address them through design and technology to achieve equality and real sustainability for the future?”
“My goal in this exercise is not to find a simple fixed answer but rather through a series of observations and conclusions develop a set of underlying principles upon which to reference and base future design. This is very much a personal journey to understand the history, goals, achievements, and failures of these visionaries who sought to make a better world for people through design, and how I might learn and benefit from their experience to pursue the same goal within my career and lifetime. I am very grateful to the CCMHT for this exceptional opportunity and look forward to working together in the future to explore these ideals and achieve common goals.”
For entire blog entry, go to:
Kaity Ryan architectural student/researcher
“In mid-May I was fortunate to spend a week living in the Kugel/Gips House as part of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust’s Scholar-in-Residency program. Currently pursuing a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the reason for my stay was two-fold. My first objective was to research the Modern architecture in Wellfleet and Truro toward the ultimate goal of crafting a master’s thesis focused on these resources, particularly the Jack Hall-designed Hatch Cottage, and their contribution to the Modern Movement. Secondly, I wanted to gain a first-hand understanding of the Modern House Trust’s unique model of preservation and how it might inform alternative methods of reuse and advocacy in the preservation community.”
To see her full report on her residency go to:
Hiedi Kaiser artist
Kenneth Frampton author/historian
Kenneth Frampton is well known for his writing on twentieth-century architecture. His books include Modern Architecture: A Critical History (1980; 4th edition 2007) and Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995). Frampton attained a certain influence on architectural theory and practice with his essay “Towards a Critical Regionalism,” which expanded on a thesis that had been previously developed by Alexander Tzonis and Liliane Lefaivre. Frampton’s essay first appeared in the anthology The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture of 1983, edited by Hal Foster. His other publications include a collection of essays published under the title Labor, Work and Architecture (2005) and his forthcoming A Genealogy of Architecture: Comparative Critique
While here he gave a lecture titled Masters on Modernism at the Wellfleet Library and has subsequently served as a juror for our 2013 Add-on ’13 competition.
Smudge Studio artists
Smudge studio is a collaboration between Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse based in Brooklyn, New York. Our multi-media practice invents aesthetic provocations that assist humans in feeling for themselves the reality of contemporary forces and scales of change (natural and human-made). We frequently activate movement and travel as our methodological processes and use media and design to materialize connections between geologic material realities and contemporary life.
For our two residencies with CCMHT we activated both the Kugel-Gips house (March 2010) and the Hatch House (June 2013) as experimental inhabitation sites and documented our experiences through various photographic media (including digital camera obscura and Polaroid). We also extended our research into the surrounding Cape landscapes (ponds, bays, dunes, forest, geology, roads, etc.). For Kugel-Gips in particular we activated the house as a “field station” poised at the edge of a kettle pond directly shaped by the retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet 14,000 – 17,000 years ago.
The experience of our residencies with CCMHT has supported our interest in further developing inhabitation practices that respond to emerging planetary change. We will extend the processes we invented on our CCMHT residencies into upcoming field research as part of our work with the Future North Project in Iceland and Norway in 2014.”
Irene Lipton painter
Irene Lipton received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in NYC. Early in her career, Lipton was chosen by Charlotta Kotik to be in two museum shows, Working in Brooklyn/Painting at the Brooklyn Museum in 1987, and On the Cutting Edge at the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, NY in 1989. She received two consecutive Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center, from 1988–1990, and later served on the Visual Committee for several years. In 1997, Lipton moved full-time to Provincetown and then to North Truro, where she built a studio and works today. In 2005, she was one of the founding members of artSTRAND gallery, having seven years of solo shows and numerous group exhibitions there, as well as on the Cape and in Boston. Lipton had a mid-career show in 2007 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Her work has been written about in the Boston Globe, Art New England, and Provincetown Arts magazine. She is now represented by the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown.
To see Irene’s work go to:
Bryan Bell architect, Founder & Executive Director of Design Corps
Bell’s work as a resident of the Cape Cod Modern House Residency was his initial research into “Public Interest Design.” The work developed a triple bottom line evaluation called the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator.
The residency has led to numerous results and other opportunities. Bell’s research on this subject was subsequently funded through the 2011 Latrobe Prize awarded by the American Institute of Architects. Additional research was completed as a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. The resulting work includes a survey of AIA members on Public Interest Practices in Architecture. Bell has authored an essay on the history of Public Interest Design for the 2013 AIA Handbook on Professional Practice. His research was presented at the 2012 AIA National Convention. Best practices in this emerging field are now presented in professional training program, the Public Interest Design Institute.
Ericka Beckman film maker
Over her three-decade career, Ericka Beckman’s playful yet formally demanding films challenge traditional aesthetic, and cultural values, that mix games with fairytales to create hybrids with new rules. Beckman uses play in every sense to shape her message.
Beckman and Tara Merenda Nelson, one of her graduate students at Mass Collage of Art, made a film using the Kugel-Gips house and its environment and natural and projected light. When we first discussed Ericka being a resident the house was a vacant hulk. She adapted her concept to the new reality of the house being restored and furnished.
Tara Merenda Nelson also made a short film using the house as its subject.
Ericka Beckman’s work has been shown at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world. Her one-woman shows include: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,D.C., and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has been in three Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Amongst the numerous awards received for her work are: Two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and one from Massachusetts Council on the Arts.
Her works are in the film collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, plus the British Film Institute, as well as The Walker Art Center Media Collection.
For more on her work go to:
Doug Padget artist
Doug Padget is from the Midwest. He studied art at the John Herron Institute, Purdue University, and the BFA Painting program at Indiana University. Mr. Padgett lived on Cape Cod for several years before moving to New York City, where he now lives and works. Padgett has been exhibiting in Provincetown galleries for twenty years. His work has been shown in The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and he has been with the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown since its inception. His writing on art has been published in ,’THIS’ A Collection of Artists’ Writings Edited by Susan Jennings.
“Being in a kayak on the pond or walking in the woods is a very different experience than looking at these places through the windows from inside the house. A similar combination of attachment and remove happens in landscape painting. You’re not really in the place the painting depicts yet you somehow can go there mentally.”
For more on his residency go to:
John Pawson architect, author
John Pawson is an internationally celebrated architect who lives in London. While a resident he gave a lecture at the Wellfleet Library and took photographs in the Kugel/Gips House some of which apear in his book: A Visual Intentory.
John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire. After a period in the family textile business he left for Japan, spending several years teaching English at the business university of Nagoya. Towards the end of his time there he moved to Tokyo, where he visited the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the Architecture Association in London, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981.
From the outset the work has focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms — themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts.
Over the years John Pawson has accrued extensive experience of the particular challenges of working within environments of historic, landscape and ecological significance, key examples including the Sackler Crossing — a walkway over the lake at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew — the Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in Bohemia and the former Commonwealth Institute in London, scheduled to open as a new permanent home for the Design Museum in 2015.
For more information on his lecture go to: