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Saint John Art Centre seeks public's help after Indigenous-made mask stolen – CBC.ca

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One of many masks carved by well-known Wolastoqey and Plains Cree artist Ned Bear has gone missing from the Saint John Art Centre, its executive director says.

“We’re saddened, shocked, and we really want to have a push to get this mask back as quickly as possible,” Andrew Kierstead said. 

The mask is referred to as a “Pawakam.” It is made out of lightly stained butternut wood and stands a little more than half a metre in height. It has long feathers with beads coming down the sides, and a feather coming out of the forehead.

Pawakam is the Plains Cree word for “spirit guide,” and that is how Bear referred to his creations. He was renowned for his carvings across Atlantic Canada. 

He died in late 2019. 

In past interviews, Bear said he felt as though the Pawakan masks he made were not his own works, that they belonged to the spirit guides he channeled as he created them. 

This mask had been in the centre’s permanent collection for the last two years, Kierstead said.

The centre posted on social media that it “was the centrepiece of a permanent display acknowledging the unceded lands of the First Nations in this part of New Brunswick.”

“I believe that the person who took the mask didn’t do it for money,” Kierstead said.

“Art can be extremely powerful, and I think this particular mask really spoke to this person. I would consider that to be totally misguided, because it is a piece of public art, it is for everyone in our community to enjoy.” 

The art centre has put out a $500 reward to anyone who can return the mask. Anyone with any information about the mask is being asked to contact Saint John police at 506-648-3333.

“If this person has such a connection with the mask and feels almost a spiritual connection, they should reconsider what they have done,” Kierstead added. “It should be returned, and that person would be a better person for it.”

The Saint John police didn’t immediately respond for comment about the investigation.

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Lenny Kravitz wows at private party during Miami Art week – Rocky Mountain Outlook

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz gave a private performance Friday for a star-studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio and local Latin boy band CNCO during Miami’s Art Week.

The lavish party is an annual affair hosted by business mogul and art collector Wayne Boich. He and his wife also hosted a private dinner before the Richard Mille After Dark event at their waterfront estate. Venus and Serena Williams danced and sang along as Kravitz took the stage for a 75-minute concert as a yacht pulled alongside to hear the rocker.

“This ain’t a concert. We’re just hanging out,” the “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” singer said, pulling Boich onstage to dance.

Kravitz, who has lived on and off in Miami for years, is a regular during the prestigious Art Basel week and even displayed his photography during an exhibit in 2015, saying he was tired of always being the subject of photos and wanted to turn the camera around for a change.

The black-and-white collection, titled “Flash,” captured soulful photographs and people in their everyday environments.

After midnight, rapper T.I. surprised a crowd that included French Montana, “Transformers” actor Amaury Nolasco and NBA star Joakim Noah.

Even the “Live Your Life” rapper seemed impressed by the event, calling it an “extravagant party … and as the founder of trap music my expectations are high.”

The night ended with Hannah Bronfman’s husband DJ’ing as she and actress Karrueche danced.

In a week filled with over-the-top events, Boich’s parties have become a mainstay. It was canceled last year due to COVID, but guests at his 2019 party which included Floyd Mayweather, Dwyane Wade and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, a cameo from “Country Grammar” singer Nelly and an after-party show by rapper 2 Chainz.

Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press

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Art Museum on Market / Scenic Architecture Office

aerial view. Image © Shan Liangeast side. Image © Shan Liang2F interior. Image © Shan LiangGF interior. Image © Shan Liang+ 28

aerial view. Image © Shan Liang
aerial view. Image © Shan Liang

Text description provided by the architects. The Xitang East Area under construction is the eastward expansion of the old town of Xitang, including nearly 100,000 square meters of tourist retail, hotel, visitor center and cultural facilities. After completion, it will become a new entrance at the northeast of the old town. Xitang East Area is divided by a river into two phases. As the key point of Phase Ⅱ, Building One locates at the southwest corner of the northern site, facing the river on the west and south sides to overlook the old town and adjoining the Phase Ⅰretail blocks on the other side of the river.

aerial view. Image © Shan Liang
aerial view. Image © Shan Liang
view from the riverside. Image © Shan Liang
view from the riverside. Image © Shan Liang

The old town of Xitang has strict urban planning requirements for the new buildings in the scenic area. In addition to the height limit, sloping roof, small blue-black tile, black-white & gray tone and wood color are all prerequisites for the design. What kind of program should be planned in the core area of ​​the East Area riverfront? What kind of form-type should be used to meet the needs of function and establish its landmark while complying with the requirements of townscape? It is the answer to these challenges that dominate the entire design process.

aerial view. Image © Shan Liang
aerial view. Image © Shan Liang
south side. Image © Shan Liang
south side. Image © Shan Liang

The basic urban fabric of the pedestrian streets in East Area is the retail courtyard on the ground and first floor and gable-roof-house hotel courtyard on the second floor. On top of this “base color” are the special landmarks scattered in the area, such as the tourist center at the center, the Nijigen Activity Hall at the northeast corner, and the Naera Boutique Hotel PhaseⅡat the northwest corner. As one of these landmarks, Building One especially needs to attract people to stay and participate in long time purposed activities, thereby forming an agglomeration effect and becoming the highlight of the tourist experience in the entire eastern area. After thorough studies and discussions, a mixed function of market and art gallery became the consensus of the client and the design team, that is to create an open and flowing market space on the first floor to accommodate the organic farm market, creative bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant and hotel reception while create a multifunctional art gallery on the second floor to host exhibitions, forums and cocktail parties.

east side. Image © Shan Liang
east side. Image © Shan Liang

We translated the program and style regulations into the design commitment of space and image, which became the basis for the tectonic system. As per the obvious difference between the programs of the upper and lower floors, we continued the stacking pattern of frame and gable roof structure used in the pedestrian street, but reversed it upside-down with the gable roof structure at the bottom in order to acquire particularity with coordination.

GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang

The Chinese overhanging gable roof supported by the white gable wall is a traditional residential form-type in the southern Yangtze River Delta, and a single roof can be replicated continuously to cover a larger area. We extracted the structural form of Y-shaped columns from the geometry of the continuous gable wall to support the upside-down triangular truss roof, forming a linear unit with a width of 6.3 meters and a length of nearly 52 meters. The space in the truss is used to install MEP equipment, and a continuous undulating indoor space is formed under the truss. 6 linear units are connected parallel to form the roof covering the ground floor market, echoing the continuous ancient town settlements. The freely distributed Y-shaped columns ensure open and flowing space for the market, making sharable and flexible space possible for diversified functions. At the east and west ends, some of the Y-shaped columns are replaced by V-shaped gable walls with diagonal braces inside, which solve the seismic force and establishes a connection with the traditional gable walls with inverted slope.

GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang
GF interior. Image © Shan Liang

The art gallery sits on the market, and if we had continued to use the language of gable roofs and unit settlements, we would easily achieve harmony in style, but it would be difficult then to provide the necessary landmark identity and large interior space. Therefore, we tried to construct a single, relatively abstract form to house a column-free space. The connection with tradition is no longer limited to the figurative form, but draws inspiration from wooden craftsmanship to pursue a more complete iconicity. In the end, we extracted the cross-bearing structure from the lantern craft of Xitang.

2F interior. Image © Shan Liang
2F interior. Image © Shan Liang
2F interior. Image © Shan Liang
2F interior. Image © Shan Liang

The big roof is about 30 meters long and 20 meters wide. 92 short glulam beams cross and bear with each other to form a slightly arched shell, which makes the large-span structure more reasonable and solves drainage of the roof with its slope simultaneously. The weight of the wooden roof is transferred to the surrounding wooden pillars through a ring of horizontal steel frame. The group of columns is composed of X-shaped oblique columns three-dimensionally composd by inter-inserted glulam poles. Providing continuous supports in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions, this column group has a strong resistance for lateral force. It not only bears the horizontal thrust of the arch roof beams and makes slender column size with a section of 160X160mm possible, but also provides side resistance for the glass curtain wall at the inner side of the column.

timber structure. Image © Shan Liang
timber structure. Image © Shan Liang

On the second floor, we concentrate the stair, elevator, large lifting platform and other equipment in a long box on the north side of the gallery to keep the purity of the main space. The outward folded floor-to-ceiling curtain wall is made of half- glazed glass with gradual fogging, and an adjustable membrane is set under the diamond-shaped skylight on the roof to offer the art gallery soft natural light during daytime, while the warm light can be shed at night, making it a glamorous “super lantern” in the east district of Xitang.

2F terrace. Image © Shan Liang
2F terrace. Image © Shan Liang

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