Distinguished Architects To Speak at Yale in February

Three noted architects will deliver public lectures at Yale School of Architecture in February. The talks will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Hastings Hall of the Art and Architecture Building, 180 York St. The lectures are free and the public is invited, but seating is limited.

Peter Eisenman will present a lecture titled “Blurred Zones” on Feb. 1. Terence Riley will speak on “Rethinking the Modern” on Feb. 8. Philip Johnson will discuss “Current Works” on Feb. 15.

Eisenman is a practicing architect and educator, currently assisting Philip Johnson in teaching a studio course at the School of Architecture. In 1980, after years of teaching and producing theoretical work, he established a professional practice to focus on building. Since then, he has designed a wide range of projects, including large-scale housing and urban buildings, educational institutions and private houses.

His built projects include the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts and Fine Arts Library at Ohio State University in Columbus and the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters in Tokyo, both of which won National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects. He was founder and former director of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, an international think-tank for architectural criticism. He has taught at Yale, Harvard, Cooper Union, Princeton and Cambridge, and authored several books, including “House X” (Rizzoli), “Houses of Cards” (Oxford University Press), and “Moving Arrows, Eros and Other Errors” (Architectural Association).

Riley, chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will deliver the Brendan Gill Lecture on Feb. 8. Before joining MoMA in 1991, he established an architectural practice with John Keenen. In 1989, Riley curated the inaugural exhibition at the Arthur Ross Architecture Galleries at Columbia University, where he served as director until he moved to the museum. He is a faculty member at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture.

At MoMA, Riley has curated many shows, including exhibitions on Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1995 he curated “Light Construction,” an international survey of contemporary architecture. His most recent installation in the fall of 1998 was the “Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin American Architecture,” which highlighted the 10 finalists and the winner of this year’s prize, Enrique Norten. His next exhibition, “The Un-Private House,” will focus on the changing nature of domestic space. It opens at MoMA in June 1999.

Riley has written many articles and several exhibition catalogues. He is recipient of an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture National Faculty Design Award, and was twice a finalist for the International Andrea Palladio Award for Architecture, among other honors.

Elder statesman among architects, Johnson is the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale this semester. His talk will take place Feb. 15. For more than half a century, Johnson has been a prominent figure in the world of architecture as architect, critic and curator. He has earned architecture’s highest awards, including the AIA Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize. His work has comprised every major 20th century architectural movement beginning with the modernism of the 1920s and early 1930s through the post-modernism and deconstructionism of the 1980s and 90s. Since 1932, he has held key positions at MoMA in New York, including serving as the founding director of the Department of Architecture and Design.

Among the buildings for which he is best known are the Glass House complex in New Canaan, Conn. (begun in 1949 and expanded over the years, most recently in 1995), the Seagram Building (1959, with Mies van der Rohe), the Museum for Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks (1963), the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center (1964), the Fort Worth Water Garden (1975) and the AT&T Corporate Headquarters (1979-84). Still active, Johnson provided a design this year that introduced a new technology for integrating images into the facade of a skyscraper. In contrast to his severe early work, his latest buildings are remarkable for their sculptural freedom. His design for a monumental clock in a public space at Lincoln Center was recently approved for manufacture.

“Our goal in presenting this lecture series is to reflect Yale’s traditional character of open discourse and opposing points of view,” said Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture. “Yale has always been, and continues to be the most open and exciting place for architectural inquiry. These lectures are part of a grand conversation across time, ideology and ideals.”

Future lectures will be:

Rafael Vinoly, March 22 Julie Eizenberg, March 29 Michael Sorkin, April 5 Charles Gwathmey, April 12

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