While Donald Trump alone may have ruined 2016 for many people, it wasn’t a very good year for other reasons as well. In fact, it was a crappy year for the arts.
ABOVE: Zaha Hadid, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
The World Loses a Starchitect
From Ali to Bowie to Prince, 2016 was a terrible year for celebrity deaths. Included in the far too long list, was Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid. Known as the ‘Queen of the Curve’, she was the world’s leading female architect and one of the best in any gender. While many of her current designs are still being built, the world of architecture won’t be the same without her.
Tragedy in Oakland
On December 2, 2016, thirty six artists and musicians perished when a fire tore through an Oakland warehouse known as the ‘Ghost Ship’. While the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, the building itself was known to be unsafe and many of its occupants were living there illegally. Owing to sky high rents in the Bay area – and other rapidly gentrifying urban centers – this tragedy serves to highlight the importance of safe and affordable living/workspaces for artists. Art is important, and artists shouldn’t have to risk their lives to make it.