Love Miranda July commenting on motherhood: “It basically felt like dying.”
Ann Friedman for COS: I rewatched The Future this week. I was really struck by your lead character’s feelings about motherhood. I know tons of women who say, “I don’t really want kids, but I don’t not want kids.” Were you one of those women?
Miranda July: It was more like, I know I will do it, because I always planned to. But up until really doing it, it wasn’t a happy prospect. My biggest fears had to do with work. Would I be able to just keep living this life that I really enjoy? I really wanted to make sure I’d do two movies before having a baby. It basically felt like dying. Funny, in retrospect.
A: It’s oddly comforting to hear a mother say this. It’s a common fear.
M: Parenthood really is actually like dying and being reborn as a new person, relearning all the ways you’ve learned to do things. I think it’s different for everyone, but I really felt like I was turned into a new creature. What? What? This is crazy! We can’t do this!
A: No one’s ever done this before!
M: Yeah, no one’s ever done this before! I kept saying to Mike: this just seems like a really weird, extreme thing that only a few weirdos would be into, kind of like the X-Games or something.
A: Has motherhood changed your creative process?
M: I don’t know if this would be true for everyone, but it’s kind of a great time. All of the things I’m making now are my favourites among the things I’ve ever done, and everything feels very important and exciting, and, in a way, more like when I was starting out.
Who is this Ryan J. Simons guy? I’ve never heard of him.
January 29, 2014-March 9, 2014
City in a City Opening Reception & Panel Discussion
January 29, 2014
Admission is free
Opening reception for City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects, with panel discussion from 7:30-8:15 PM featuring contributing authors of the new book Urban Hopes: Made in China (Lars Müller, 2013). The discussion will be moderated by Christoph a. Kumpusch. Panelists include Kathy Battista, Kimberli Meyer, Mark Morris, Ryan J. Simons, Anthony Titus and Hrag Vartanian.
Lecture by Steven Holl
January 30, 2014
Admission is free
Steven Holl will give a lecture in the courtyard of the Schindler House.
This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models and construction documents. Also featured are short videos of the built works. The exhibition is arranged chronologically from 2002-2013 through the rooms of the Schindler House, making physical Holl’s journey through a decade of thinking.
Holl’s office has taken on work of increasing complexity in China. His designs embrace pressing issues dealing with infrastructure, urban density and overpopulation. The projects featured in this exhibition offer a study of contrasting and nested scales that acknowledge the city-dweller’s ever-morphing perception of urban life - from micro to macro and back again.