SMHF PRESENTS : Steven Holl: Making Architecture at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz
January 31, 2018
The Steven Myron Holl Foundation and The Samuel Dorsky Museum are collaborating to present Steven Holl: Making Architecture, an exhibition examining the work of one of the world’s foremost architects. The exhibition is on view at the Dorsky Museum from February 10th to July 15th, and will travel internationally beginning in 2019.
Holl, the founder of SMHF, has managed to maintain the integrity and quality of his work by resisting corporatization, revealing an inextricable link between art and architecture. This exhibition, part of the Dorsky Museum’s “Hudson Valley Masters Series” will reveal his intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models and related sketches.
Holl draws with watercolors every day, a solitary and hermetic practice from which each of his projects emerges. He also develops conceptual ideas in sculpture. The products of this practice are outlined into three distinguishing aspects of Holl’s process. “Thinking” focuses on how watercolor drawings, small exploratory models, and material fragments generate the ideas and thought that ground each project. “Building” reveals the process of making architecture through models, sculpture, and in photographs taken during the actual construction process as the particular qualities of space, light and materials emerge. “Reflecting” brings Holl’s ideas into sharp focus in a selection of digital films and through his writings and writings about him.
Making Architecture focuses on eleven recent projects, among them the Arts Building at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania; The Kennedy Center Expansion, Washington D.C.; and Maggie’s Cancer Care Center in London. Despite their broad geographic range, extending across four continents, and their programmatic diversity from healthcare facilities to libraries, art centers and museums, each of them involves the thinking-making coupling of well-functioning architecture.
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