previews

  • The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life

    Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
    1920 Rue Baile
    June 16–November 8, 1998

    Don’t be thrown by the banalité of the title; the aim is unmistakably to defamiliarize the American lawn. Organized by a team of scholars and architects (Beatriz Colomina, Elizabeth Diller, Alessandra Ponte, Ricardo Scofidio, Georges Teyssot, and Mark Wigley, with Mark Wasiuta of the CCA), “The American Lawn” considers the production, cultivation, and cultural significance of grass—there are more than 40,000 square miles of the stuff in North America. The Diller+Scofidio–designed show presents artifacts ranging from historic gardening tools to aerial, stereoscopic, and infrared photos of lawns and showcases with grass species and synthetic turf samples. June 16–Nov. 8; travels to Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Apr. 4–June 7, 1999.