“This horrific incident in Beirut is not just a national tragedy but a universal one that impacted the psyche of the entire world. As an engaged citizen of this world, I want to share my sympathy if not empathy (as it would be presumptuous of me to even imagine what it’d be like to be in such a trauma), and make my contribution, albeit modest, to its recovery and healing.” —Calvin Tsao

 

Calvin Tsao has donated Slices of History, a signed, unique paper collage. Describing his work, Tsao says, “History, a document of the passage of time, perspectives and myths, can be both a record of events past as well as testament to human folly, repeating its resistance to truths and wisdom that could have been drawn from this very same material. This collage is a deliberate slicing and blurring of historic images of Beirut in the hope that it can reveal hidden or overlooked insights.”

 

Tsao is a principal of Tsao & McKown Architects, founded in 1985 and based in New York City. He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Reflecting his belief that design must advance the betterment of human life, Tsao’s work draws upon interdisciplinary explorations and upon engagements among social, cultural, and artistic spheres.

 

Tsao has taught at the Harvard GSD, Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and Parsons School of Design. He served as President of The Architectural League of New York, where he is a trustee, and is also a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, having completed his Residency there in 2010. He also served as Vice President for Design Excellence at AIA New York | Center for Architecture. He is a recipient of the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Legacy Award from the Museum of the Chinese in America, among other recognitions. Portrait photo by Brigitte Lacombe.


DESIGNER/

Tsao & McKown Architects

DATE/

September 2020

MATERIALS/

Paper Collage

DIMENSIONS/

20.3 x 50.8 cm or 8 x 20 in

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Calvin Tsao Slices of History Paper Collage; Unique, Signed $1,800>

“This horrific incident in Beirut is not just a national tragedy but a universal one that impacted the psyche of the entire world. As an engaged citizen of this world, I want to share my sympathy if not empathy (as it would be presumptuous of me to even imagine what it’d be like to be in such a trauma), and make my contribution, albeit modest, to its recovery and healing.” —Calvin Tsao

 

Calvin Tsao has donated Slices of History, a signed, unique paper collage. Describing his work, Tsao says, “History, a document of the passage of time, perspectives and myths, can be both a record of events past as well as testament to human folly, repeating its resistance to truths and wisdom that could have been drawn from this very same material. This collage is a deliberate slicing and blurring of historic images of Beirut in the hope that it can reveal hidden or overlooked insights.”

 

Tsao is a principal of Tsao & McKown Architects, founded in 1985 and based in New York City. He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Reflecting his belief that design must advance the betterment of human life, Tsao’s work draws upon interdisciplinary explorations and upon engagements among social, cultural, and artistic spheres.

 

Tsao has taught at the Harvard GSD, Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and Parsons School of Design. He served as President of The Architectural League of New York, where he is a trustee, and is also a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, having completed his Residency there in 2010. He also served as Vice President for Design Excellence at AIA New York | Center for Architecture. He is a recipient of the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Legacy Award from the Museum of the Chinese in America, among other recognitions. Portrait photo by Brigitte Lacombe.


DESIGNER/

Tsao & McKown Architects

DATE/

September 2020

MATERIALS/

Paper Collage

DIMENSIONS/

20.3 x 50.8 cm or 8 x 20 in

STYLE/

Contemporary

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