The Center for American Architecture and Design, The University of Texas at Austin has put out a call for proposals from artists, landscape architects and architects to design and propose installations that demonstrate the functional, transformative, and evocative powers of architecturally scaled curtains and affiliated fabric objects.
CURTAINS is a multi-site installation, exhibition, and publication event designed to explore the use of fabrics in contemporary art and architecture—not in the form of rigid tensile structures, nor in the form of cladding or upholstery, but in their more relaxed, natural forms. “Curtains associated with windows, yes, but also defining and activating spaces indoors and out, billowing overhead as canopies, catching and using wind like sails, creating shade, diffusing light, holding color in their folds, filtering views, absorbing sound, showing the wind, and making theater of the everyday.”
The organizers will invite up to four artists/designers who choose a UT location to fabricate and install their proposals. A larger selection of the proposals received, considered solely on their artistic merits, will be published in the 19th volume of the award-winning book series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America and be exhibited at the Mebane Gallery of Goldsmith Hall on the University of Texas campus entitled “Curtains.”