Category Archives: Avery Classics Collection

Digital Serlio Symposium

Friday October 19, 2018
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Maison Française, Buell Hall, Columbia University

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the Digital Serlio Project at a day-long symposium focused on current research on Sebastiano Serlio’s unpublished masterwork, On Domestic Architecture (Tutte l’opere d’architettura, Libro VI).

The Digital Serlio Project provides online access to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library’s unparalleled holdings of the works of Sebastiano Serlio (1474–1554). The Project brings together this corpus of newly digitized works with scholarly essays focused on the unpublished sixth book contributed by an international cohort of scholars and students.

Symposium: Free and open to the public; registration required

REGISTER to ATTEND

Symposium speakers & moderators:

Francesco Benelli, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna
Maria Beltramini, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
Chloe Demonet, French Ministry of Culture
Carole Ann Fabian, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Sabine Frommel, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris
Sara Galletti, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
Teresa M. Harris, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Mauro Mussolin, Getty Scholar, The Getty Research Institute
Eleonora Pistis, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Mark Rakatansky, GSAPP, Columbia University
Francesca Mattei, Sovrintendenza ai Beni Architettonici, Venezia
Lorenzo Vigotti, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University


The Digital Serlio Symposium is supported by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
and the Maison Française at Columbia University, Avery Friends and the
Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation.


Image credit: Detail of Plate XLVI, Sebastiano Serlio, VIII libro di Serlio : m.s. architettura, ca. 1550.

Avery Classics New Acquisitions 2017-2018 exhibition

Monoprint by Christopher Stern from Something lived, something dreamed: urban design and the American West by William McDonough, 2004. (AA9105 M138)

New Acquisitions 2017-2018

Curator: Teresa Harris

June 4 – September 28, 2018
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Avery Classics Reading Room, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

A selection of new acquisitions from the past academic year is currently on display in Avery Classics. Materials range from Soviet photo journals to a hand-drawn copy of Vignola’s seminal treatise on the architectural orders to documents of The Architects’ Resistance (TAR), an activist movement formed by students from Columbia, MIT, and Yale in 1968.

Avery Classics trade catalogs in BTHL

Chas. A. Millen & Co. Mouldings and building trimmings, stair rails, balusters, posts, stationary wash stands, wood mantels, etc., 1889. (AT4808 C38 1889)

Avery Classics has partnered with the Association for Preservation Technology to digitize 500 trade catalogs and make them available to the public through the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) on the Internet Archive. Trade catalogs are an invaluable source of information on building materials, supplies and decoration. Avery Classics has one of the largest collections of architectural trade catalogs in the United States, and its collection is regularly consulted by historic preservationists. This is the first phase of a multi-year project to add Avery’s unique material to the BTHL, which already includes materials from the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The first phase of digitization focused on late-nineteenth century catalogs, along with later catalogs dealing with masonry, metal and paint.

Panoramas

PANORAMAS

Curator: Teresa Harris

December 18, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Monday – Friday9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Avery Classics Reading Room, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Panorama is derived from the Greek words meaning ‘all’ and ‘view.’ For centuries, popular entertainment has utilized panoramic composition to transport viewers to far-away places like Athens or Versailles or to the midst of important historical events such as the Battle of Gettysburg. Panoramas have taken many forms from large cylindrical paintings to dioramas to photographic and filmic representations. The items on display in the Avery Classics reading room range in time from approximately 1825 to 1966 demonstrating sustained artistic interest in the genre. Most document urban centers and take the form of long prints that follow streets through cities as various as Tokyo, Leipzig, Paris, London and New York. They capture the built environment at a specific moment in time and record other important elements of society such as modes of transportation and contemporary fashion.

Avery Classics Viewbooks exhibit online

New York : the empire city; fifty colored views. [New York: A. C. Bosselman], 1910.  AA735 N4 N477

Avery Classics is pleased to announce its newest online exhibit, Viewbooks : Window into America. Drawing on last year’s reading room display, Viewbooks : Window into America features a selection of 50 viewbooks from Avery’s extensive  holdings — more than 4,000 titles representing hundreds of American cities and towns. This online exhibit approaches the viewbook genre from two directions – geographic and topical. Subcategories include night views, disaster views and views of the developing West.  Through this exhibit  we hope to highlight our viewbook collection as an important source of documentation of the built environment in America in the late-19th and early-20th centuries and, as such, an important resource for our patrons.

CLIO record

 

CLASSIC WRIGHT: Frank Lloyd Wright in Print

Image credit: Frank Lloyd Wright, The disappearing city, New York [1932]. detail. AA9040 W93

CLASSIC WRIGHT: Frank Lloyd Wright in Print

Curator: Teresa Harris

June 26 – November 3, 2017
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Avery Classics Reading Room, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth on June 8th, 1867, Avery Classics has staged an exhibition focusing on publications produced by and devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition incorporates books from Wright’s own library alongside volumes already owned by Avery Classics. Thematically it explores Wright’s ideas concerning book design and the Japanese print, along with the reception of his work in Europe, mediated by publications such as Ausgeführte Bauten – in all its numerous iterations – and the Dutch periodical Wendingen. Finally, it allows the viewer a window into Wright’s creative process, following the evolution of a single manuscript from handwritten first draft through to publication.

 

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library Remembers Hilary Ballon

Image credit: NYU/Abu Dhabi

Image credit: NYU/Abu Dhabi

Hilary Ballon, former professor at Columbia University’s Department of Art & Archaeology, passed away on June 16, 2017 at age 61.

She spent 22 years at Columbia University, where she won the University’s three awards for outstanding teaching and chaired the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

After leaving Columbia she was Senior Advisor to the Mellon Foundation, University Professor at NYU, and Deputy Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi.

Avery Library was privileged to work with Dr. Ballon throughout her career including two major exhibitions: Robert Moses and the Modern City (2007) and The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 (2011).

All staff at Avery will miss working with her and with the entire community mourns her loss.

New York Times obituary

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and MoMA are pleased to announce the opening of a co-presented exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, June 12 – October 1, 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art.

Drawing on the expansive Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archive, jointly acquired by Avery and MoMA in 2012, the exhibition comprises approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, critically engages his multifaceted practice.

 

MoMA website

Avery Library Frank LLoyd Wright Collection

New York Times review

WET PAINT!!

WET PAINT!!

The North American paint & varnish industry, as it expanded, left us with an amazing assortment of colorful vintage objects—cans, sample sets, store displays and advertising signs.

Avery Library in collaboration with private lenders, is pleased to present WET PAINT!! The exhibit displays items dating from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century and is designed to complement the Avery Classics exhibit: “Color Harmony in the Home: American Paint Publications from 1870-1950” which showcases a selection of items from Avery’s extensive trade catalog and brochure collection.

Lenders to WET PAINT!! are: Mary Jablonski, Judith M. Jacob, Norman R. Weiss and Adam Woodward. Exhibit installation was done with the assistance of GSAPP Historic Preservation graduate students Tania Alam, Alex Ray and Katrina Virbitsky.

This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference hosted by Columbia University GSAPP in New York City from March 15 to 17, 2017.
Both exhibitions are on view in Avery Library through April 25th.

For details and information on visiting the exhibits, contact: Avery Classics

 

Avery Classics New Acquisition

Avery Classics recently acquired a complete set of the Dutch magazine Utopia: Tweemaandelijks tijdschrift voor wetenscahpp amusement (Utopia: Bi-monthly for scientific entertainment). Utopia was published between 1975 and 1978 in Delft. Obviously influenced by Archigram‘s style, each issue features a unique format with illustrations drawing on contemporary trends such as Pop Art. The magazine explores broad cultural trends like television and architectural topics such as Dutch pavilions for world exhibitions or a proposal for a working community in the water tower complex in Rotterdam.