Yale School of Architecture Opens Fall 2008 With Exhibitions, Lectures and Symposia

Following an extensive renovation and restoration of Paul Rudolph’s iconic “Art + Architecture Building,” Yale School of Architecture will reopen its gallery on August 28 with an exhibition showcasing the work of Hawaii’s master architect Vladimir Ossipoff (1907-1998) at the centennial of his birth.

Rudolph’s modernist landmark will itself receive a new name-Paul Rudolph Hall-at its rededication celebration at Yale on November 7 and 8. The rededication will also mark the inauguration and public debut of a new arts complex, integrating the Rudolph building by way of a comprehensive new arts library to a new home for the History of Art Department. The design of the Haas Family Arts Library and the Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art, as the new facilities will be known, and the renovation of Paul Rudolph Hall are the project of New York based architect Charles Gwathmey. A separate press release will announce details of the November events heralding this noteworthy addition to the Yale campus and celebrating the historic restoration of one our nation’s architectural monuments.

The exhibition “Hawaiian Modern:  The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff” pays homage to an innovative designer who almost single-handedly defined the post-War architectural vernacular of America’s Pacific Island state. Long before the concept of “sustainable building” came to dominate public discourse, Ossipoff was a proponent of site-sensitive planning and design, incorporating indigenous resources in construction and building in harmony with the native landscape, environmental conditions and culture. Ossipoff’s distinctive style, which reflects his unique background as a Russian citizen raised in Japan, synthesized Western and Eastern traditions to develop a new quintessentially Hawaiian modernism, one that capitalizes on the tropical climate and lush flora of the 50th state. Drawing on diverse archived material from private and public sources, interviews with Ossipoff’s contemporaries and personal memorabilia, the exhibition explores the lasting legacy of this visionary architect, highlighting his characteristic designs for residential, institutional, sacred and commercial buildings from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. The show originated at the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and was curated by Dean Sakamoto, a native of Hawaii and resident Critic/Director of Exhibitions at the Yale School of Architecture. “Hawaii’s Lost Master: The Tropical Modernism of Vladimir Ossipoff” was the cover article of the May 2008 issue of Metropolis.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 287-page catalogue edited by Sakamoto and Karla Britton and published by the Honolulu Academy of Arts in association with Yale University Press.

A reception for the exhibition and a colloquium on Hawaiian modernism with Kenneth Frampton, Stephen Little, Marc Treib, Britton and Sakamoto will take place at the Yale School of Architecture on September 15. The Exhibition will continue to October 24.

The second exhibition of the academic year, “Model City:  Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for New Haven and Yale, ” November 3 -February 6, is described in a following release.

Among the other highlights of the forthcoming fall semester at the Yale School of Architecture are the following lectures:

August 28
Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architectural Fellow
Charles Atwood, Vice Chairman of the Board of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
“Follow the Money: Sex, Greed and Architecture in Las Vegas” 

September 11

Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor
Francisco Mangado, Spanish architect and author,
 ”Left-Handed Architecture”

September 18
Timothy Egan Lenahan Memorial Lecture
Urban landscape designer Walter Hood
“Urban Landscape and Provocations”

October 2
P Brendan Gill Lecture
Pulitzer-Prize winning architectural critic for the Boston Globe Robert Campbell
“Why Architects Need Critics”
October 20
Dublin-based architects Shih-Fu Peng & Roisin Heneghan

October 30
Houston-based architect Carlos Jimenez
“Reflections and Recent Works”   
November 6
(Open House for Perspective Students)
Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design
Peter Eisenman
“Rudolph Then and Now”
November 8
Curator of “Model City” exhibition Timothy Rohan
Keynote lecture for the celebration of Paul Rudolph Hall rededication and arts complex opening
“The Enigmatic Architecture of Paul Rudolph”

November 20
Founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) in Los Angeles, Matthew Coolidge
Myriam Bellazoug Memorial Lecture
“Understanding Anthropogeomorphology: Programs and Projects of the Center for Land Use Interpretation”   

All lectures take place in Hastings Hall of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York Street. Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures, which are free and open to the public, begin at 6:30 p.m.

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