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Celebrating Avery’s 125th!

Avery Friends gathered Monday November 2nd, 2015 for the inaugural celebration of Avery’s 125th anniversary year. A tour-de-force one-day only exhibition presented 125 treasured works from Avery’s venerable and storied collections.

If you missed this event, please join Avery Friends to ensure your invitation to upcoming Avery 125th events!

Selected photos from the exhibition and reception at Avery Library:

Celebrate Avery’s 125th Anniversary

Avery_4294_004Celebrate Avery’s 125th anniversary at this special one-day only exhibit! Here’s one of our treasures which will be in the show:

Thom Mayne/Morphosis
Color Proof 1/Gold Club at Chiba Prefecture, Japan. 1990.    1990.004.00071

In 1990, the Chiba Prefecture west of Tokyo had the highest concentration of golf courses in Japan. This project represented an exploration between landscape and building with the intention of allowing landscape to take a more dominant role. This is fitting for a golf course, especially in an area so densely built. The project was never constructed due to the economic downturn in Japan at that time. This serigraph was a color proof and at least one other edition, with different colors, was made.

 

Celebrate Avery’s 125th Anniversary

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Celebrate Avery’s 125th anniversary at this special one-day only exhibit!
Here’s one of our treasures which will be in the show:

Michael Graves
Addition to the Whitney Museum, New York, New York: scheme 3, Madison Avenue elevation, 1988.    1990.004.00266

One of the most controversial projects of the 1980s, this drawing represents Graves’ third and final scheme for the Whitney Museum expansion. The Graves proposal was not popular and eventually both Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano supplied subsequent schemes. Eventually the popularity of the High Line provided a location receptive to a contemporary building and Renzo Piano’s new museum has recently opened to general acclaim.

Celebrate Avery’s 125th Anniversary

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Celebrate Avery’s 125th anniversary at this special one-day only exhibit! Here’s one of our treasures which will be in the show:

Etienne Du Pérac
I vestigi dell’ antichità di Roma, raccolti et ritratti in perspettiva con ogni diligentia da Stefano Dv Perac. Rome, 1575
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Etienne Du Pérac was a skilled engraver, painter and architect who traveled to Rome in 1559. He quickly found work engraving scenes of the city, including this view of the Arch of Constantine, which was typical of Du Pérac’s engraving style.

 

Celebrate Avery’s 125th Anniversary

Avery_C_4295_008Celebrate Avery’s 125th anniversary at this special one-day only exhibit! Here’s one of our treasures which will be in the show:

Vitruvius Pollio
Architectvre, ou Art de bien bastir, de Marc Vitruue Pollion.
Paris, 1547
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The first French language edition of Vitruvius, the only comprehensive architectural treatise to survive from antiquity, did not appear until 1547. The text dealt with all aspects of architecture from the education of the architect to technical explanations of the orders to the site and construction of buildings. The crisp woodcuts that enhanced the text were created by the royal sculptor Jean Goujon.

Celebrating Our 125th Anniversary

CassGilbertPompeiiPlease join us for:
Highlights from the Permanent Collections: An Exhibit Celebrating Avery’s 125th Anniversary Year

November 2nd  2015
Exhibit 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Reception 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for this one night only opportunity to view 125 extraordinary works curated from Avery’s remarkable collections. Spanning seven centuries from Alberti, Serlio & Piranesi to Le Corbusier and Wright, a tour de force presentation of publications and drawings from our art, rare books, drawings and archival collections.

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
Columbia University
1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Sponsored by Avery Friends
For additional information, please contact:
Avery-Friends@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Avery Library remembers Henry Ogden Avery, Jan. 31,1852- Apr. 30, 1890

henry_ogden_avery_largeHenry Ogden Avery was born January 31, 1852 in Brooklyn. After studying at the  Cooper Union (1870-1871), then in the office of Russell Stugis, he went to France in 1872 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

He returned to New York and worked in the office of Richard Morris Hunt where he assisted in the design of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, until starting his own practice in 1883. He competed in the competition for the design of Grant’s Tomb and designed private residences. He passed away at the age of 38 on April 30, 1890.

The Avery Library at Columbia University was founded by his parents, Samuel Putnam and Mary Ogden Avery, in 1890 in his memory.

 

Henry Ogden Avery Drawings & Archives collection