Monthly Archives: January 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal
February 1–June 1, 2014
MoMA Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.”

Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912), to Manhattan’s St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31), to a polemical mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscape to the tall building. Highlighting Wright’s complex relationship to the city, the material reveals Wright as a compelling theorist of both its horizontal and vertical aspects. His work, in this way, is not only of historic importance but of remarkable relevance to current debates on urban concentration.
Organized by Barry Bergdoll, Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, with Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition website

Columbia University Libraries press release

ArchDaily review

Architect magazine

Architectural Record review

Architizer review

Artnet News review

BlouinArtInfo review & video

Columbia News review & video


New York Times review

SAH Newsletter review

27east review

Vogue review

Wall Street Journal review

Image credit:
Frank Lloyd Wright. /St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers/, New York Project 1927-1931.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Avery Art Properties in Anna Hyatt Huntington exhibition

Art Properties has loaned an important sculpture to the exhibition "Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington's New York Sculpture, 1902-1936," which runs from January 22 to March 15 at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. Huntington (1876-1973) was one of New York City's most prominent sculptors. The subjects of her work include heroic goddesses and naturalistic animals in motion, and her works range in size from medallions to monumental public sculptures.

The bronze sculpture from Art Properties seen here is the work included in the exhibition. Entitled Cranes Rising, 1934, the sculpture shows a flock of birds first at rest in the marshes, then moving upward in a coil, with the top crane soaring into the sky. The sculpture was a gift from the artist to the University in 1950 and for decades was installed in the Philosophy Department. In 1965 Huntington also donated to Columbia her monumental sculpture of Equestrian Lincoln, which is located on the grounds of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

–by Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties

Image credit: Anna Hyatt Huntington, Cranes Rising, 1934, bronze, H. 44 in., Gift of the artist, Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York (C00.837). Photo by Mark Ostrander.

CLOG (the magazine, not the shoes)

“Online press, blogs, tweets, social media, and other digital forums have drastically increased the speed at which architectural imagery is distributed and consumed today. While an unprecedented amount of work is available to the public, the lifespan of any single design or topic has been reduced in the profession's collective consciousness to a week, an afternoon, a single post-an endlessly changing architecture du jour. In the deluge, excellent projects receive the same fleeting attention as mediocre ones. Meanwhile, mere exposure has taken the place of thoughtful engagement, not to mention a substantive discussion.

CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.”

-from CLOG website

Previous issues include Brutalism (a look at a defining architectural style of the postwar era); National Mall (examines the highly symbolic space of our National Mall, considering what it means to restore and re-build this space); Apple (an in-depth look at the development of Apple’s brand of architecture); and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).

Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kyle May
Avery AB C624

CLOG will be indexed in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.

Practice Post-50: Edgar A. Tafel in New York

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, January 23, 2014

Edgar A. Tafel Hall
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Well known for his role as Wright apprentice and historian, Edgar Tafel also maintained a long productive architectural practice in New York. This event celebrates the opening of the Edgar Tafel archive at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University and will introduce the archive to the architectural community. Speakers will discuss Tafel’s two most prominent projects in post-1950 New York: the Church House for the First Presbyterian Church and the SUNY Geneseo campus. The program will also take place in Edgar A. Tafel Hall, named for a person who cared deeply about bringing people together to share ideas and good stories.

Janet Parks, The Drawings and Archives at Avery Library
Tania Franco, The Edgar Tafel Archive
Kimbro Frutiger, Edgar Tafel’s Religious Work: Design, Traditions, Ethics
Caroline Zaleski, Edgar Tafel and SUNY Geneseo: Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Robert Silman, President Emeritus, Robert Silman Associates

Organized by: Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University and AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

Register to attend:
CES/Continuing Education credits available: AIA CES: 1 LU

Avery Library’s Edgar A. Tafel finding aid:

Tafel blog:

Oculus review

Image Credit: Edgar A. Tafel, Washington Square Park, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University