Thursday, April 16, 6pm Chace Center Galleries RISD Museum assistant director James Brayton Hall (MLA 1994) discusses the furniture and architectural designs of Marcel Breuer and the materials he used.
Opening soon is the exhibition Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture (April 16-July 20, 2009) at Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Below is a brief description of the exhibit along with programs presented in conjunction.
Marcel Breuer is the first exhibition to treat all facets of Breuer’s work with equal weight, from the highly innovative furniture he produced as both a student and teacher at the famed Bauhaus, to the elegant but modestly scaled houses he created after moving to the United States, to the large-scale governmental and institutional buildings he eventually designed for major cities around the world. Developed by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the exhibition traces several themes that connect the apparently diverse elements of this prolific and influential designer’s portfolio. The RISD Museum is the exhibition’s second North American venue and the only Northeastern stop. Twelve models — produced exclusively for this exhibition — will highlight Breuer’s extensive architectural work from single-family houses to major religious, cultural, and civic institutions. In addition, drawings, floor plans, photographs, video projections, and interactive computer terminals will shed light on Breuer’s long and varied architectural career.
Gallery Talk: Breuer’s Design + Architecture Thursday, April 16, 6pm Chace Center Galleries RISD Museum assistant director James Brayton Hall (MLA 1994) discusses the furniture and architectural designs of Marcel Breuer and the materials he used.
Lecture: Won + Lost?: Modern Architecture USA: Survival in the Sub-urbis Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center Architect Diane Lewis lectures on the competition-winning “Riverview Music Quadrangle,” a project to save Paul Rudolph’s first civic building. Since 1982, Lewis has served both as principal at her own firm and as a professor architecture at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. Her minimalist approach emphasizes refined, inventive use of structural elements and space, integrating the character of preexisting on conditions.
Lecture: Homasote Manifestos: Documenting + Preserving Modernist Architecture on the Outer Cape Wednesday, May 13, 6:30pm Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center Beginning in the late 1930’s, a group of visionary architects congregated on the isolated backshore of Wellfleet and Truro. The modest experimental homes they built only hinted at their other accomplishments as designers of many of the iconic works of modern architecture. This lecture by Peter McMahon explores the modernist legacy of the Outer Cape, along with efforts to document and preserve it. McMahon is principal of PM Design and focuses on sustainable modern architecture and restoration of mid 20th century buildings.
Sneak Peek Walking Tour: Cape Cod Modern Architecture Saturday, May 16, 9am -6pm Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore to view the Modernist cottages. A chartered bus provides transportation for an exclusive tour by Peter McMahon. See these examples of modernist architecture and learn about the preservation of these “gems in the rough” at the risk of demolition. Members: $40; nonmembers: $60; space is limited. To reserve your seat contact Fran Gorman at 401 454-6530 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 29.
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