Opening Reception | Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012
Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of visionary architect and artist Massimo Scolari, who taught as a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture in 1977 and 1978. Originating at the Yale School of Architecture, with a nucleus of drawings first exhibited at The Cooper Union in 1977, the exhibition includes over 160 original drawings, paintings and watercolors, as well as other works completed between 1967 and 2012. Curated and designed by Scolari himself, this is the first retrospective of his work to be presented in the United States since 1986.
The exhibition includes some of Scolari’s earliest work, and reveals themes that he revisits time and again throughout his career. Scolari’s work exemplifies the School’s highest aspirations for drawing as a process of exploration, abstraction and experimentation. In a moment when architectural drawing is precariously balanced between this process of thinking architecture and the computer-generated images and prints for marketing architecture, the exhibition celebrates the power of the eye, mind and hand working in unison to create a profoundly poetic architectural vision.
The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.), 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003
Presented by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and organized by the Yale School of Architecture. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Turner Foundation, and by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.