Opening Reception | Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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City without Parts 1993, watercolor on cardboard, 20.8 x 27.8 cm Gate for a Maritime City 1979-80, oil on paper linen  47 x 39.5 cm Horus 1985, watercolor on cardboard, 25.4 x 36.5 cm Modern City 1995, watercolor on cardboard, 23.6 x 34.6 cm Reconstruction of Wings on the roof of the School of Architecture IUAV, Università di Venezia, Santa Marta, 1992 (Photo G. Basi The Collector’s Room,  Triennale of Milan 1986, watercolor on paper 59.6 x 45.5 cm
City without Parts 1993, watercolor on cardboard, 20.8 x 27.8 cm

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 Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.), 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003
Subways: Astor Place (6), 8th Street (N, R)
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-7pm, Gallery Closed: Sunday and Monday


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.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.


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