Yale hosts exhibition on Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Photos: Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation

Rudolph Hall and Loria Center, part of the Yale Arts Complex (Richard Barnes)
Zumikon residence (Richard Bryant)
View of Gwathmey Studio (Norman McGrath)
View of Gwathmey Studio (Yukio Futagawa)
Zumikon residence (Richard Bryant)
Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel (Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects)
Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel (Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects)
Glenstone site plan (Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects)
Rudolph Hall and Loria Center, part of the Yale Arts Complex (Richard Barnes)
Gwathmey residence and studio (Gwathmey Henderson Architects/Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects)
View of deMenil residence (Norman McGrath)
View of Glenstone (Scott Frances)
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The first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects — hailed as one of the most influential architecture firms of the modern period — will open at the Yale School of Architecture on Monday, Nov. 14, in the gallery of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St.

Titled “Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation,” the exhibition is free and open to the public and will remain on view until Jan. 27, 2012.

Drawing on historical blueprints, sketches, models, original architectural drawings, and photographs, the exhibition examines the close relationship between art and architecture in eight residential and institutional projects by the firm, whose principal Charles Gwathemy (’62 M.Arch) had a long association with Yale.  Five transitional examples are given particular focus: the Gwathmey House and Studio (1965–1967), in Amagansett, New York; the de Menil Residence, in East Hampton, New York (1983); the Bechtler Residence, in Zumikon, Switzerland (1993); Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland (2006); and the renovation and restoration of Yale School of Architecture's Paul Rudolph Hall, with the addition of the Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art (2008). Other institutional projects included in the exhibition are the restoration and renovation of Whig Hall, Princeton University (1973); the Guggenheim Museum renovation and annex, New York City (1992); and the addition to the Fogg Museum, Harvard University (1991).

In addition to materials related to specific projects, “Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation” also features artifacts and documents from the personal collections of the architects, among them: Gwathmey's scrapbook from his family's tour of Europe in 1949–1950 and his Fulbright Grant notebook from 1962–1963. Unique to the School of Architecture presentation is a selection of his student work, which reflects the time he spent at Yale studying under Paul Rudolph. Together, these and other personal materials enhance the exhibition's focus on the role of artworks in specific projects by revealing some of the broader cultural currents at play in American modernist architecture.

The School of Architecture's presentation of the exhibition coincides with the arrival of the records of Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects at Yale University Library's Department of Manuscripts and Archives.

The exhibition was organized by the Cameron Art Museum, in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it was on view from June 2009 to January 2010. It was curated by Douglas Sprunt. The Yale showing is organized by Brian Butterfield, director of exhibitions at the Yale School of Architecture.

The gallery is open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.