The Blaffer museum at the University of Houston has unveiled images of its planned renovation by WORK architects. With a funnel-like entrance wedge, big “storefront” windows, and a space-hogging two story atrium, the proposed building has a lot of flash, but adds only 500sf of gallery space. In the press release, Blaffer director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli said “We are thrilled to work with a firm that reflects the museum’s mission and ambition.” In the drawings, a Jeff Koons balloon dog and a miniature Louise Bourgeois spider stand in for the art to be shown in the new space, but let’s hope the Blaffer, with its $2 million facelift, isn’t going to be predicatable as their architect’s curatorial concepts. The metamorphosis happens this summer- perhaps they could salvage some ipe wood from Arthouse!
Blaffer renovation images
by Bill Davenport April 24, 2011