Reading List: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes
The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University will host a reception on Tuesday, September 13 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate the new exhibition, An Architect’s Vision: Paul Rudolph and Colgate’s Creative Arts Center and the concurrent exhibition, After You Left, photographs by Chris Mottalini.
The story of the design of the Dana Arts Center is contained in Rudolph’s drawings, minutes of meetings, news reports, and correspondence, much of which is held in Colgate’s archives. Drawing on these resources, Professor Robert McVaugh has pieced together the process that led from the selection of an architect in 1963 and the grand vision that Rudolph proposed, to the Dana Arts Center as it exists today.
Mottalini’s project After You Left, They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes) includes the 24 prints also exhibited at the Picker Art Gallery. The images of Paul Rudolph homes, taken only days prior to being demolished, capture a state of Modernist architecture witnessed by few people. Mottalini’s photographs are the final portraits of these destroyed homes.
- Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes.
- Good news for fans of Brutalism, poured-concrete construction, Paul Rudolph, and/or rabble-rousing against local bureaucracies.
- It's been well-documented that architect Paul Rudolph's brutalist yet expressive aesthetic hasn't held up well to the whims of fashion.
- Modern-minded New Yorkers have just a few more days to swing by Cooper Union’s Lessons From Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925-70 exhibition at the…
- Much like his contemporary Balthazar Korab (whose work is featured in the current issue of Dwell), Ezra Stoller's iconic images of post-war America depict the evolution of the Modernist movement.
- One of New York's last large-scale urban planning initiatives, the Lower Manhattan Expressway, never came to pass.
- A sneak preview of the modern house tours coming to Fire Island this summer, including the work of architects Horace Gifford, Harry Bates, and Andrew Geller.