Stars and Stripes: Critics Continue Assault on Eisenhower Memorial Design

Stars and Stripes reports: Critics Continue Assault on Eisenhower Memorial Design By C.J. Lin Published: September 18, 2012 Critics of the planned memorial honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C. continued their assault on the design by famed architect Frank Gehry on Tuesday, calling instead for a smaller memorial within an urban park … Read more

Stars and Stripes: Colonel Who Served Under Eisenhower Calls for New Memorial Competition

Writing for Stars and Stripes, Ralph Hauenstein, a retired army colonel who served under General Eisenhower in WWII as chief of the Intelligence Branch in the European theater, calls for scrapping Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design in favor of a new competition: Honoring Ike – a veteran’s perspective A memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower should reflect the values and qualities that … Read more

TriCities: Eisenhower Memorial Is a Monumental Headache

Marcia Mercer writes at TriCities: On Veterans Day 1954, President Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower and his family – brothers, wife, son and grandchildren – gathered in Abilene, Kan., for the dedication of the Eisenhower boyhood home and museum. Ike emphasized that the museum would focus on promoting good citizenship. Nothing else, he stressed, “could ever … Read more

Retired Air Force Colonel: Ike Memorial Fails Miserably

Writing for The Weekly Standard, a retired Air Force colonel calls the planned Eisenhower Memorial design a “monstrosity.” Ike—and Me Irving B. Schoenberg July 14, 2012 10:00 AM The memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed by architect Frank Gehry fails miserably to capture the essence of our 34th president. Bruce Cole’s article “Doing Right by Ike” … Read more

The Guardian: “A Memorial Is not a Biography in Stone”; Look to the Lincoln Memorial as a Model for Ike Memorial

The British Guardian newspaper published an excellent piece by Nicolaus Mills, a professor of American studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower: Rethinking the Eisenhower Memorial: what is a fitting tribute to Ike? The Frank Gehry design has proved controversial, … Read more

Former Chairman of NEH: Gehry’s Ike Memorial Design Is “Unintelligible”

In The Weekly Standard, Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, calls for scrapping Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial: Doing Right by Ike Let’s give him the memorial he deserves. Bruce Cole July 2 – July 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 40 Only in Washington: After 12 years of study … Read more

National Review: Monstrosity by the Mall

National Review published a learned and insightful article by architecture critic Catesby Leigh: Monstrosity by the Mall June 21, 2012 12:00 A.M. By Catesby Leigh Back in 2004, the National Gallery of Art hosted a scholarly symposium to explore the wonders of its East Building, which earlier that year the American Institute of Architects had honored … Read more

Baltimore Sun: Gehry’s Memorial “An Insult to Ike”

In the Baltimore Sun, Herman Belz, professor emeritus of historyat the University of Maryland, hammers Frank Gehry’s scheme for the Eisenhower Memorial: An insult to Ike: Proposed monument falls short of both what he represents and the very purpose of memorialization By Herman Belz 6:00 a.m. EDT, June 11, 2012 The present controversy over the … Read more

Washington Examiner Editorial: “Ike Doesn’t Deserve Ugly ‘Iron Curtain'”

The Washington Examiner editorializes: Examiner Local Editorial: Ike doesn’t deserve ugly ‘iron curtain’ June 02, 2012 — 9:18 PM Renowned architect Frank Gehry calls the steel backdrop he designed for the new $120 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial a “tapestry,” but former President Eisenhower’s family refers to it as an “iron curtain” instead. Art is … Read more

National Journal: Eisenhower Memorial Still in Dispute

Christopher Snow Hopkins reports for National Journal: CULTURE OF WASHINGTON Eisenhower Memorial Still in Dispute by Christopher Snow Hopkins Updated: May 30, 2012 | 6:59 p.m. May 30, 2012 | 6:13 p.m. Citing “the scope and scale of the metal scrims” central to architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, the Eisenhower family … Read more

National Journal: How Should We Remember Ike?

National Journal published an excellent overview of the controversy over the Eisenhower Memorial: How Should We Remember Ike? by Christopher Snow Hopkins Updated: April 20, 2012 | 4:10 p.m. April 18, 2012 | 9:30 p.m. A battle is under way over the legacy of the 34th president, and at the heart of it is Dwight D. … Read more

Michael J. Lewis: Ike Memorial Fails as a Monument

Michael J. Lewis, a distinguished professor of art at Williams College, wrote a powerful essay on the decline in American monuments, including how Frank Gehry’s design of the Eisenhower Memorial serves as an example: The Decline of American Monuments and Memorials MICHAEL J. LEWIS, the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art at Williams College, has taught American art and … Read more

Politico: GSA Role in Ike Memorial Scrutinized

Politico published an excellent overview of the latest Eisenhower Memorial controversy: GSA Role in Ike Memorial Scrutinized By: Puja Murgai April 17, 2012 11:20 PM EDT As Congress’s inquiry into the General Services Administration’s conference spending heats up, critics of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design are questioning whether there was fancy footwork in choosing … Read more

NCAS to Co-Host Panel on the Role of Memorials in Civic Life

On May 18, 2012, the National Civic Art Society and AEI’s Program on American Citizenship will be hosting a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on “Monumental Fights: The Role of Memorials in Civic Life.”  The event is free, but you must register to attend. If you can not attend, you can watch the event live … Read more

Architectural Record: “Will the Frank Gehry-Designed Ike Memorial Ever Get Built?”

Architectural Record, perhaps the most influential magazine in the field, published an article on the growing opposition to Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial: A Monumental Debate April 16, 2012 Will the Frank Gehry-designed Ike Memorial ever get built? By Ben Adler For an architect, no commission is more troublesome than creating a national memorial. Frank Gehry is … Read more

Architectural Record: Will the Frank Gehry-Designed Ike Memorial Ever Get Built?

The May 2012 edition of Architectural Record features the following story on the Eisenhower Memorial: A Monumental Debate April 16, 2012 Will the Frank Gehry-designed Ike Memorial ever get built? By Ben Adler For an architect, no commission is more troublesome than creating a national memorial. Frank Gehry is learning firsthand just how fraught the … Read more

NCAS Calls Attention to Conspicuous Gap in Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Meeting Minutes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2012 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Calls Attention to Conspicuous Gap in the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Meeting Minutes The National Civic Art Society, which has been leading the fight to stop the proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial and seeks a new open, transparent, and democratic competition for the design of the Memorial, … Read more

WaPo’s Philip Kennicott: Eisenhower Memorial Is Dehumanizing, “May Read as Soviet”

Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s culture critic, has been one of only two critics to wholeheartedly defend Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial (the other being Witold Rybczynski). However, Kennicott appears to have forgotten what he wrote about the design in 2010, as was pointed out in this published letter to the editor by Justin Shubow, … Read more

Richard Cohen in WaPo: Ike Memorial Doesn’t “Imitate His Life”

Writing in the Washington Post, opinion columnist Richard Cohen criticizes the design for the Eisenhower Memorial, which he says depicts the president as “an eternal innocent”: With Eisenhower, Art Does Not Imitate His Life One day in 1967, Dwight D. Eisenhower came to New York for the opening of an exhibition of his paintings at … Read more

NCAS: Rybczynski Is Wrong on the Eisenhower Memorial

Writing for Better! Cities & Towns, Milton Grenfell, vice-chairman of the National Civic Art Society, demolished Witold Rybczynski’s defense of the Eisenhower Memorial  in the New York Times: Witold Rybczynski’s recent New York Times op-ed piece, “Don’t Undermine the Eisenhower Memorial Design,” contains five incorrect assertions and two misleading ones. Thus, it not surprisingly comes to a flawed … Read more

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