Avery Library is pleased to have contributed a wide selection of architectural materials to Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, which is opening at the Museum of Modern Art on March 10. Organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Corinne Bélier, chief curator, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine; and Marc Le Cœur, art historian, Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Estampes et de la photographie, this is the first monographic exhibition of the nineteenth-century French architect's work to open in the United States.
Avery items featured in the Labrouste show include several drawings and books, a periodical, a photograph, and a manuscript album–a list that highlights the range of material types found within the library's special collections. Avery's Drawings & Archives department loaned original works by Louis Sullivan and Detlef Lienau, as well as a photograph of Henry Hornbostel's State Education Building in Albany, New York, that is located in the Guastavino/Collins Archive. In addition to printed books, the Avery Classics department loaned an album made by students at the Academie de France in Rome in 1828. Dedicated to their teacher Pierre Guerin, the students' album includes this important early watercolor by Labrouste that is highlighted in the opening section of the show.
Image Credit: Henri Labrouste, "Les trois autels," in the album A Pierre Guerin, Avery Classics collection, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library (AA2319 R66383)