I’m bummed I won’t be in Rochester tonight for First Friday. I would have loved to see Momentum, New Work by Colleen Buzzard! Looks like I’ll have to wait until I get back. Are you going out for FF? Who is on your list tonight?
Momentum // Hours
First Friday Jan 4, 5-9pm
First Friday Feb 1, 5-9pm
And by appointment
Momentum // Location
250 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Above Good Luck Restaurant
The Vignelli Center didn’t exist yet when I was a student at RIT (I graduated with a BFA in 2008) and I am so happy (and a little jealous) that students now have access to such a fantastic resource. The center is open to the public and I highly recommend making a trip to check it out if you’re local, or want to visit Rochester, NY. I fully intend on heading back sometime this fall to research in the Vignelli Archive.
I loved wandering around the first floor where all the cases were. Being able to see the process behind the design of the NYC Subway Map was really exciting for me – it’s one of the first iconic designs I remember learning about when I was in high school. I used the map daily when I lived in NYC. A couple of weeks ago I watched a video of Massimo Vignelli using the map on an iPad. Is it weird I can be emotionally attached to a design?
The first floor also consisted of lighting fixtures, glassware, silverware, dinnerware, corporate identities, packaging, magazines, book design, clothing, jewelry, watches, posters, calendars, and so much more!
The second floor was full of furniture. AMAZING furniture. Desks, tables, chairs – all beautifully designed. There were certainly several pieces I would have loved to bring home with me.
Have you been to visit the Vignelli Center? What do you think? Have you been in the Vignelli Archives yet? I can’t wait to check it out next month!
Want to participate in House of Pictures? Stop in at Visual Studies Workshop and bring your photographs (past or present) for possible inclusion in the project! Fun, right? All kinds of pictures, from any time period and in any medium (prints, slides, albums, etc.), will be considered. You can drop off your materials TODAY and TOMORROW from 12-2pm. While you’re at VSW make sure to stop in at the ARTBOOK Store! You can check out the Recommended Titles for the Magnum House of Pictures online. Also, Hey Buddy! has a pop-up shop in the bookstore and is selling his rad totes. I personally own his “Kodachrome” tote and love it. Go! Shop!
I strongly think that GOOD Ideas for Cities should come to Rochester, New York! What do you think fellow ROC residents? I just might have to e-mail Alissa, though I am sure she is swamped with requests to participate! What a great program idea.
I had a meeting at school this morning and was excited to see the final photographic print from this past Tuesday hanging in the studio! It came out so great! What an awesome experience. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the short video clips I posted (1,2) of us VSW students riding around in the Liminal Camera. HUGE THANKS to Metabolic Studio for sharing this experience with us!
“The Liminal Camera can produce a photograph with-in hours of having taken it. It captures an image without drawing attention to itself as most cameras and camera equipment do.
The camera body is a shipping container which makes it hard to recognize as an image-making machine. Its size means that camera operators are able to be inside the camera. From the operators’ vantage point the subject appears upside down. The Liminal Camera is both an image capturing tool and perceptual tool.”
Metabolic Studio offered us VSW students a free workshop on the camera – picked us from VSW and everything! Our final destination was the former First National Bank of Rochester (35 State St.) where the final prints were on display for an event later tonight (which I was unable to attend). The ride from VSW to the former bank was my favorite part! It was such an AWESOME experience to watch the city move past upside down right in front of me. So bizarre. The moment I spun around in the light-tight darkroom door and entered the back of the camera I instantly smelled the fixer and had a flashback to high school photography and the hours I used to spend in the darkroom. See, the Liminal Camera also served as the darkroom to make the prints. Fun!
Once we parked at our destination we then prepped to take a photograph! As a class, we worked together to first make a test-strip. I got to wear a red “safe” light on my head and set the timer for exposure. This is actually where I had to leave the party as I had another one to attend. I do know, from classmates, that they successfully made a negative and print. The print will be staying with us at Visual Studies Workshop. Score!
I uploaded a couple of unedited video clips to my flickr so you can get a sense of what it was like riding in the back of the truck/camera. The first one was when we were still at VSW and the second one was when we were further downtown. I was impressed how sharp the image was and how GOOD it made Rochester, NY look! I have several more clips and when I have the time (ha!) I will be properly editing them into a video of my experience.
PLEASE NOTE: originally posted on my old blog, I’m slowly moving over my favorite posts!