Peering into the Fogg

first_imgThe much-anticipated renewal of the Harvard Art Museums is nearing completion, and last week officials offered a sneak peek at the massive project’s progress.Wearing hardhats, protective gloves, safety goggles, and bright yellow vests, a small entourage led by museum director Thomas W. Lentz wove its way through the beams and boards of the construction site that is steadily morphing from a dark hole in the ground and a hollowed structural shell to a teaching and learning museum for the 21st century.“What has driven this entire project is our mission,” Lentz said, is “innovative teaching and learning,” developing new experiences in that field for students, faculty, and the community.When it opens next year, the new 205,000-square-foot building, which unites the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under a spectacular glass roof, will include two entrances, five floors above ground and three floors below, a café, a museum store, an expanded art study center, a 300-seat theater, lecture halls, and teaching galleries.Function and form hold equal place in the ingenious design by Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is known for works that include the sky-piercing, glass-covered tower called the Shard in London and the San Nicola Football Stadium in Bari, Italy, which blooms from the landscape like an enormous concrete flower.But one function was particularly vital to the Harvard project. For art lovers and worried experts alike, the main drawback to the original Fogg was its lack of climate controls. “Our internal joke,” said Lenz as he stood at the bottom of the steps of the 1927 Fogg’s original Quincy Street entrance, “was we would never lend to ourselves.” Now, he said, the climate-regulated galleries will be “what a collection of our stature really deserves.”For Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, the collection also deserves the chance to be seen — and engaged with — in innovative ways. Spatial constraints in the old facility meant only a fraction of the museum’s expansive collection could be exhibited. When the renovated and expanded facility opens next year, visitors will have 40 percent more gallery space to explore. And viewers will be able engage with that material in new ways.Standing in a smaller gallery on the dusty third floor, still empty and smelling of paint, Lentz explained that the new museum will not offer narrowly dedicated galleries for paper, photography, prints, or drawings. Instead of consigning such materials to a “paper ghetto,” these media will be displayed side-by-side with paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, offering visitors a more “contextual presentation.”The museum also will mingle works provocatively. For instance, American works of art will stand alongside European and Native American material. “In many ways, that’s a reflection of how American art history is now taught,” said Lentz. “In our view, that’s going to make for a more compelling presentation. We expect to see lots of interesting juxtapositions.”The galleries will remain small in scale, “human and intimate,” said Lentz, to encourage viewers to slow down, look, and truly connect with artworks. That intimate engagement will be strongly encouraged on the fourth floor.One level below the museum’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is the art study center, where visitors can request up-close viewings of works of art. The center’s layout includes three study rooms, one each for the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums, as well as two seminar rooms that can accommodate smaller groups of students.“The power, we believe, of an art study center,” said Lentz, “is it’s essentially art on demand. What you can have in here is an experience that is fundamentally different from walking through the galleries, sitting in a classroom, or looking at slides or PowerPoints.”There will be teaching galleries on the third level, including one that will function as a curatorial laboratory where students can study the art of installation and how to craft an “argument” by using works of art.Capping the building’s fifth floor is Piano’s glass lantern, a shining, slanted rooftop fitted with a complex series of mechanical shades that allow museum workers to control carefully the amount of light that flows into the space. The giant skylight disperses light through the conservation lab, study center and what now will be the central circulation corridor of the building, diffusing sunshine into the galleries and arcades and the beloved old courtyard below, and creating what Piano calls the “Light Machine.”According to Lentz, that courtyard, modeled after a 16th-century façade in Montepulciano, Italy, is now truly the emotional and symbolic heart of the museum. Previously, the space, which was only open on three sides, was “gloomy and static,” Lentz recalled. Thanks to Piano and his architectural team, the courtyard has been pushed open on all four sides and now includes 16 points of entry, along with a bluestone floor.The ground floor also serves as a pedestrian thoroughfare. The public will be able to stroll from the Quincy Street entrance through to a new, expanded entrance on Prescott Street, taking advantage of the café and store without paying admission. “We wanted to make it much more transparent, much more accessible,” said Lentz.Various flourishes contribute to the museum’s visual delights. For example, the new wing’s wooden façade, when seen up-close, surprises a viewer with its grain of rippled waves. The undulating clapboard made of Alaska yellow cedar will weather over time to a light gray hue. Another welcome and unusual detail can be seen in the museum’s winter gardens: small niches on the second floor of the new wing that will serve as intimate glass sunrooms populated with art that is not sensitive to light.Throughout the building, a vertical glass window becomes a transparent seam allowing visitors to see where the old Fogg structure and the new wing merge. Glass-tipped galleries at either end of the first floor facing Prescott Street will allow passersby to peek inside. “The porosity of this building,” said Lentz, “is radically different.”Ever-conscious of the building’s famous neighbor, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the only North American structure by the renowned modernist architect Le Corbusier, Piano has extended that structure’s graceful curving concrete ramp along the edge of the museum, bringing it under the cantilever of the new wing down to Broadway. Charles Klee, the principal at the architectural firm Payette, which is collaborating on the project, said Piano likes to say, “It’s a little bit like Le Corbusier putting his arm around the Fogg.”“A lot of people, when we began this, thought that we were just sort of rebuilding a very beautiful, static treasure house,” said Lenz. “My message is this is going to be a very different kind of art museum … I think the experience for viewers is going to be much more dynamic and much more integrated.”last_img read more

Nine more NBA players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgNBA teams are expected to travel on July 7 to Orlando, Florida, where the league plans to resume play on July 30, after the coronavirus outbreak put an abrupt hold on the season in March.Players, coaches and other members of staff will practice, compete and live at Walt Disney World, with daily COVID-19 testing and no fans allowed inside the so-called “bubble.”The Denver Nuggets shut down their training facility over the weekend after two members of the team’s travel party tested positive for COVID-19 and the New Orleans Pelicans said this week that three of their players also tested positive. Topics : Nine more NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week before teams are set to travel to Florida to resume the 2020 season.A total of 25 players and 10 team staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began on June 23, the National Basketball Association said in a statement on Thursday.”Any player, coach or team staff member who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until they satisfy public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and have been cleared by a physician,” the league said.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Virginia Tech

first_imgHow Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: Syracuse forces opponents to play the slowest brand of basketball in the country, and that greatly contrasts with Virginia Tech, a team that uses less than 16 seconds of the shot clock on average, per Kenpom. The Hokies don’t shoot the 3 ball well, so Syracuse should try and force them into taking long-range shots. That was something SU did a good job of against North Carolina earlier in January. The Orange can’t let LeDay have his way and it can’t let Allen go off like he has the past two games. If the Orange controls pacing and spacing, it shouldn’t be too hard to beat a Virginia Tech team that has proven itself to be quite beatable.Statistic to know: Virginia Tech doesn’t take or make many 3s. That is, except for Bibbs. The Hokies have made 123 3-pointers on the season, and Bibbs has made 49 of those. He shoots at a 50.5 percent clip, which is good for 13th in the nation.Player to watch: Allen, a point guard, has been the primary reason why Virginia Tech has thrived at the line. He’s taken 142 free throws this season, and has made 108 of those, including 50 of his past 61 (82 percent). He’s an awful 3-point shooter (28.3 percent), but his ability to generate scoring is why he’s been the catalyst for Virginia Tech in the past couple of games. Comments Published on February 1, 2016 at 10:35 am Syracuse (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) hosts Virginia Tech (12-10, 4-5) in the third game of a four-game home stand on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Orange has won the first two over then-No. 25 Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to propel itself back into the thick of the ACC standings.Here’s everything you need to know about the Hokies.All-time series: Tuesday will mark the 10th all-time meeting. Syracuse is 7-2 in the first nine, and has won the last seven times dating back to 2000.Last time they played: Virginia Tech got ahead of Syracuse 63-50 with just over six minutes to play in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 3, 2015. Ron Patterson helped lead the charge back and Michael Gbinije scored six points in the final 37 seconds, including a game-winner right before the buzzer to win the game, 72-70.“One of the best plays in that situation that I’ve seen,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJustin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson combined for 37 points, while Gbinije and Trevor Cooney combined for 36.The next afternoon, Syracuse University announced a self-imposed postseason ban that barred the team from competing in the ACC tournament and NCAA Tournament in 2015.The Virginia Tech report: The Hokies, led by former Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, enter Tuesday night on a four-game losing streak. Their last win came against Georgia Tech on Jan. 16. Their signature of the season win came against Virginia at home on Jan. 4. That victory came amid a surprising 4-1 start to the conference season. Their worst losses include a home defeat to Alabama State and a 17-point drubbing vs. St. Joseph’s at Barclays Center.Virginia Tech features a fast-paced offense that looks to score inside and get fouled a lot — more than a quarter of its points come from the free-throw line, per Kenpom.com. Maryland transfer Seth Allen has been the Hokies’ best scorer of late, totaling a combined 54 points in VT’s past two games. Zach LeDay leads the team in scoring (16) and rebounding (8.1) and has stepped up after Chris Clarke went down with an injury in December. Related Stories Syracuse basketball roundtable: Syracuse’s ‘small’ lineup, Malachi Richardson and what Syracuse must proveSchneidman: The 3-pointer is no longer life or death for Syracuse basketballWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 60-57 win over Georgia TechMalachi Richardson closes out Syracuse’s win over Georgia TechGbinije closes out Syracuse’s comeback victory over Hokies with clutch crunch-time scoringcenter_img Daily Orange File Photo Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The distance runner meal plan: oatmeal, steak and Pedialyte

first_imgDistance runners at SU don’t have a secret nutrition plan. They don’t count calories or measure protein powder. The runners simply eat to fulfill their appetites and snack on fruits and vegetables between meals.Justyn Knight does not track his caloric intake. Instead, he focuses on eating a normal, balanced diet.“I’m not one of those guys who watches their calories,” Knight said. “I know my body, I know when I’m hungry, I know when I’m full before the point where I can’t move. Usually I just try to eat regular. If I’m hungry, I’ll just snack more.”While every runner is different, common themes exist among Syracuse’s distance runners. Chow down on a big breakfast to prepare your body for a grueling day of exercise. After a hard workout, eat steak. Before a race, hydrate and refuel with electrolytes. These diets help Knight, Aiden Tooker, Paige Stoner and the rest of SU’s longhaul runners cover up to 80 to 100 miles in a given week of training.The coaching staff generally takes a hands-off strategy on dieting because “it’s not a subject that you can really deal with in college athletics,” head coach Chris Fox said. While there are common foods he encourages all his runners to eat — especially red meat — every athlete is different.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Someone like Justyn (Knight) or (Aidan) Tooker can probably eat a ton, because they’re little and thin and they don’t put on weight,” Fox said. “They probably need to eat a ton. Other people might need to watch themselves a little bit, because well, we don’t need a fat distance runner.”Tooker, a sophomore, has a particular routine. On days where he has to run twice, he’ll wake up at 6:45 for his workout, then eat a mini-breakfast of oatmeal and water. He’ll then go back to sleep after his first run, before he drinks his daily coffee and wolfs down eggs and an English muffin.Knight and Stoner also consume big meals to start their days. Knight prefers three scrambled eggs, toast and a smoothie with berries and kale, while Stoner opts for either oatmeal or pancakes.The biggest point of emphasis all three runners and Fox centered on was the red meat. After a hard workout, coaches recommend lean steak or even hamburgers.“We try to have, after our big workouts, red meat,” Tooker said, “Because we have to get iron, it’s really important for our recovery and maintaining our energy level.”Every runner has a different pre-race routine. Stoner eats a peanut butter sandwich and a banana four hours before every race. Knight eats chicken parmesan the night before. But the most important thing on the day of a race is to stay hydrated.Knight struggles to drink as much water as he’d like, downing about a Gatorade bottle’s worth a day. He’d like to double that.Oftentimes, water is too “bland” for athletes who spend their days putting their bodies through extreme stress, Tooker said. The runners need to boost their electrolytes for peak performance.On race days, Stoner fuels up with Nuun, an electrolyte-filled energy drink. Tooker and others have a different alternative.“A lot of times before races we’ll have Pedialyte, and it’s just a more healthy choice for electrolytes over Gatorade. A lot of the guys go to CVS the day before or two days before to stock up,” Tooker said.Some of the most elite athletes on campus pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but overall, their diets are not so different than a normal, active college student. Stoner, Knight and Tooker all eat three meals a day, fill out the food pyramid and even have cheat days on Sundays when they pig out at Mother’s Cupboard diner.Since there is no specific nutrition plan, the responsibility is on Syracuse’s runners to make healthy choices. They understand that their diet can make or break their performances.“I always eat with a purpose,” Knight said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2018 at 10:46 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more