Date(s) - 10/30/2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Southern SHores Art Association
You might not think that Rome, Italy and Michigan City, Indiana are very similar but Purdue University professor emeritus, Matthew Kubik, thinks they are. “There are lessons to be learned from the streets of Rome that can transform Michigan City into a Renaissance city of art”, says Kubik. His ideas will be presented at the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St., Sunday, October 30 at 2 PM.
Kubik’s insights come from 45 years of travel, study, and teaching in Rome, Italy. In 1585 Pope Sixtus V laid out his urban visionary street plan that transformed Rome into the city of art we know today. According to Kubik, 16th century Rome had a population of about 30,000 people. Large areas of the city were abandoned, open land and ready for development. “Through accidents of history the Michigan City street plan has several similarities to those of Rome,” says Kubik. To illustrate his ideas, Kubik will display etchings and historic maps of both cities including a 7ft x 8 ft facsimile. 1748 map of Rome.
Trained as an architect, Kubik retired to Michigan City after 30 years of teaching courses in art, architecture and urban form on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. Mayor Meer recently appointed Kubik to the Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC) which was formed to enrich the community through public art. Its purpose is to create an identity that celebrates Michigan City’s unique historical, cultural and natural resources.