6 Famous Brutalist Buildings
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- Photographer Chris Mottalini pays homage to Paul Rudolph's architectural legacy by documenting his almost-demolished homes—and reminding us what we can't get back.
- Derived from a descriptive term used by Le Corbusier, béton brut (raw concrete), Brutalist architecture is an offshoot of modernism that trades the spatial poetry of steel and glass for grounded,…
- Swiss-born architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, is one of the most venerated figures in the 20th-century canon.
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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.