Way Beyond Art3 exhibit by Douglas Burnham & Ila Berman, San Francisco

January 27th, 2013 by retail design blog

The Way Beyond Art 3: Architecture in the Expanded Field is inspired by “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” a seminal text written in 1979 by art theorist and critic Rosalind Krauss. In her essay, Krauss analyzes emerging sculptural practices that moved beyond the limits of traditional sculpture and into the realms of architecture and landscape.

The boundaries between art and architecture have continued to blur over the past three decades, giving rise to installations whose conceptual, spatial and material trajectories have produced a new and expanding network of relations between the domains of architecture, sculpture, interiors and landscape. Installations enable architects to explore architectural ideas, experiment with emerging technologies and distill perceptual and experiential conditions without the limitations imposed by permanence.

Architecture in the Expanded Field looks to the legacy of Krauss’s expanded field by exploring the realm of art and architecture across a broad terrain of installation practices. The installation and exhibition were collaboratively designed by Douglas Burnham/envelope A+D and Ila Berman, Director of Architecture at CCA.

The Way Beyond Art is a series of exhibitions that closely integrates the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art’s programs with California College of the Arts’ non-fine arts faculty and curricula. The series takes its name from the title of a book written by the German art historian Alexander Dorner, who advocated in the early 20th century for a closer dialogue among different artistic disciplines.

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