Avery on Exhibit


Upcoming Exhibitions


October 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, New York, NY
 

November 22, 2014 - March 8, 2015
China Then and Now
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

 


Current Exhibitions


Stettheimer - Portrait of My Sister Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of My Sister, Carrie W. Stettheimer, 1923, oil on canvas laid on hardboard backing, 37 7/8 x 26 in. (96.2 x 66.2 cm), Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967 (1967.17.07)

Florine Stettheimer

Lenbachhaus, Munich
September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Florine Stettheimer is the first international exhibition on the extraordinary life and career of the New York-based painter and designer Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944). The exhibition is being held at the Lenbachhaus Kunstbau in Munich, Germany, and includes nine paintings from the Art Properties collection, including the artist's highly-regarded 1923 portraits of herself and her sisters Ettie and Carrie. Also included in the exhibition are a selection of maquettes for her stage production of Four Saints in Three Acts from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University holds the largest collection of Stettheimer's works, including more than sixty paintings, drawings, and decorative arts in Art Properties. The Stettheimer collection was a bequest to Columbia in 1967 from the estate of her sister Ettie Stettheimer, a graduate of Barnard College. The Lenbachhaus is renowned internationally for its collection of works by the "Blue Rider" group and other important German modernists prior to World War I, many of whose works Stettheimer would have known living in Munich during the early 1900s.

Exhibition website

Avery blog post

Columbia University Libraries press release

 

Sylvan Cemetery

Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
September 3-November 1, 2014

 

Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn coincides with Woodlawn’s 150th anniversary celebration, and celebrates the Cemetery’s 2006 gift of its archive—the most complete set of 19th– and 20th–century cemetery records held in the public trust -– to the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. The exhibition at Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery marks the first time selections from this archive will be displayed. Sylvan Cemetery highlights the renowned architects, artists, artisans and landscape designers whose work has come to define The Woodlawn Cemetery, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011 for the significance of its art and architecture.

Sylvan Cemetery is co-curated by Janet Parks, Charles D. Warren and Susan Olsen. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by Columbia University’s Avery Library and The Woodlawn Conservancy.

Exhibition site
Exhibition catalog
ARTnews article

Columbia Spectator article
Columbia University press release
Hyperallergic.com article
New York Times Home & Garden article
Woodlawn Cemetery Records at Avery Drawings & Archives
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer interviews Susan Olsen podcast

 


Past Exhibitions

Guastavino_StJohnDivine Image Credit: Cathedral of St. John the Divine (interior detail); photo by Michael Freeman

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces

Museum of the City of New York
March 26-September 7, 2014

Sixteen drawings and numerous artifacts and photographs from the Guastavino archives in the Drawings & Archives are on display at the Museum of the City of New York. Titled Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, the exhibition was curated by a team of scholars under the direction of Professor John Ochsendorf of MIT, author of the 2009 monograph, Guastavino Vaulting. The curatorial team included Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings and Archives, Avery Library; Professor Richard Wilson, University of Virginia; Professor Christopher Capozzola, MIT; and Chrysanthe B. Broikos, curator, the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.. Additional New York material has been added with the assistance of Martin Moeller.

The National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored the development and execution of the exhibition, from a Consultation Grant in 2006 to the implementation grant for the exhibition in 2011 as part of the “We the People” program. Additional funding came from the Institut Ramon Llull and the Diputació de Barcelona.

On April 11th, Janet Parks will moderate a panel discussion on Guastavino's Palaces for the People: from archive to exhibition.

Exhibition website

CBS News video

Columbia University Libraries press release

Columbia University Record review & video

New York Review of Books review

New York Times review

Oculus review

Panel discussion with Santiago Calatrava and Jill Lerner for WNYC February 24, 2014

Panel discussion at Columbia April 11, 2014

Tour of old City Hall Station with the Transit Museum April 12, 2014

Panel on innovations in tile with Daniel Libeskind and more  July 7, 2014

TWCNY1 review & video

Please see entries below for the National Building Museum and Boston Public Library venues.

 

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Garden Party

Nassau County Museum of Art
March 8-July 6, 2014

Art Properties has loaned a painting from Columbia's world-famous collection of works by Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) to the exhibition "Garden Party," which runs from March 8 to July 6 at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York. The exhibition explores the imagery of outdoor entertainments, gardens, and flowers through paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, and includes works by artists such as Marc Chagall, David Hockney, Larry Rivers, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The painting on loan from the Art Properties collection is the work you see here, Landscape No. 2 with Bathers, painted by Florine Stettheimer in 1911. The artist was living in Europe with her mother and sisters at the time, and her interest in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism is evident in the bright hues, sun-dappled light, and short brushstrokes that make this charming landscape come to life. The Stettheimer collection of paintings, drawings, decorative arts, and archival papers was donated to Columbia by the estate of Ettie Stettheimer, the painter's sister, and today are available for exhibition loans and research consultations by appointment.

Exhibition website


Image credit: Florine Stettheimer, Landscape No. 2 with Bathers, 1911, oil on canvas, 30 x 26 in., Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967 (1967.23.19).

 

StMarks_2905 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)

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

Museum of Modern Art
February 1-June 1, 2014

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.”

 

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

Domus

New York Times review

SAH Newsletter review

27east review

Vogue review

Wall Street Journal review

 

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15 MINUTES
Andy Warhol’s Photographic Legacy

Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:30 pm – 8 pm

One-Day Exhibition of Works from Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, and Public Program Sponsored by the School of the Arts, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, and the Department of Art History & Archaeology, in conjunction with The Brant Foundation Art Study Center

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Art Properties page on exhibition

Exhibition website

 

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Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington's New York Sculpture, 1902-1936

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York
January 22-March 15, 2014

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.

Exhibition website

Vimeo video

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.

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Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Built America's Houses

The Grolier Club
December 11, 2013-February 8, 2014

Avery Classics and Drawings & Archives have contributed to the Grolier Club's exhibition on the history of the American Dream of home ownership. Over 200 rare books, periodicals, drawings, periodicals, and printed ephemera will show how the idea of “A Home for All” was marketed in the United States, first through eighteenth-century builder’s guides, then by nineteenth-century pattern books, and finally by twentieth-century house plan catalogues.

 

Exhibition website

New York Times review

Wall Street Journal review

Image credit: Samuel Newsom, Picturesque California Homes no. 2, San Francisco: S. & J.C. Newsom, [1887?]. Avery Classics AT290 N478 1887.
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces

National Building Museum
March 16, 2013-January 29, 2014

Please see entry below for the Boston Public Library venue.

Exhibition website

Press Release

Washington Post review

 

 

Image credit: Guastavino Company. Della Robbia Room, Vanderbilt Hotel, Warren & Wetmore Architects 1912, New York, NY. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

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Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis

Philadelphia Museum of Art
October 14, 2013-January 5. 2014

This fall's special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis offers a multi-media exploration of the career of French modernist Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Curated by Anna Vallye, a postdoctoral fellow at the museum and an alumna of Columbia's Art History & Archaeology Ph.D. program, the show brings together paintings, films, architectural models, and other designs by the artist to offer new insight into his engagement with urban environments. Avery Classics loaned many items to the show, which will travel to the Museo Correr in Venice this January. These loans included ten plates from L'Architecture Vivante, the avant-garde architectural serial edited by Jean Badovici that was published in Paris throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. Classics also loaned an issue of the magazine L'Esprit Nouveau and the catalog from Friedrich Kiesler's Internationale Ausstellung neuer Theatertechnik exhibition in Vienna in 1924.

 

Exhibition website

Architect's Newspaper review

 

Image credit: Fernand Léger. Fresco design for a music hall (left) and Exterior fresco design for a hotel (right).
Plate 9 from L'Architecture Vivante, Fall/Winter 1924. Avery Classics AB Ar433. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

 

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Plaque with a hunter and lion
Iran, ca. 8th-7th century BCE
Ivory or bone
1 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 in.
4.8 x 6 x .6 cm
(S0130)
Sackler Collections, Columbia University in the City of New York

 

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Willamette University
August 31-Decenber 22, 2013

exhibition website

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Image credit: Richard M. Upjohn
Lodges at East entrance of Green-Wood cemetery
n.d. ; Ink on paper, mounted on board
(1000.011.00353)
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

 

 

A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery

Museum of the City of New York
May 15-October 13, 2013

3 drawings by Richard M. Upjohn and 1 by Warren & Wetmore

 

 

Exhibition website

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Image Credit: Hugh Ferriss. United Nations, New York, NY – Bird's-eye perspective looking south. 1947 (1000.001.00255). Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Museum of Modern Art
June 15-September 23, 2012

Five drawings from Drawings and Archives are on loan to the new exhibition, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, the first major exhibition on his work at the Museum of Modern Art. While the French architect did not build in New York, the drawings lent by Avery reflect his impact on the city and architectural culture. In 1935, Le Corbusier delivered a series of lectures to architecture students at Columbia, drawing as he spoke and leaving behind murals of his thoughts, two of which are on display. Le Corbusier left an indelible mark on New York in his participation in 1947 on the United Nations Board of Design, as seen in three drawings by Hugh Ferriss, chief renderer for the Board of Design.

Avery Library blog:
https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/avery/2013/06/10/hugh-ferriss-in-le-corbusier-exhibit-at-moma/

MoMA Press Release:
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1321

 

 

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Image Credit: Henri Labrouste, "Les trois autels," in the album A Pierre Guerin, Avery Classics collection, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library (AA2319 R66383)

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

Museum of Modern Art
March 10-June 24, 2013

 

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 Library blog:
https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/avery/2013/03/04/avery-in-momas-labrouste-show/

MoMA Press Release:
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1319

 

Guastavino Company, Della Robbia Room, Vanderbilt Hotel, Warren & Wetmore Architects, 1912, New York, NY

Image credit:
Guastavino Company
Della Robbia Room, Vanderbilt Hotel
Warren & Wetmore Architects
1912
New York, NY
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

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Image credit:
Guastavino Company
Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Stress Diagram of Main Rib "A" at the Arch of the Choir
1908
Heins and LaFarge, architects
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces

Boston Bublic Library
through February 24, 2013

 

Seventeen drawings and numerous artifacts and photographs from the Guastavino archives in the Drawings & Archives are on display in a new exhibition at the Boston Public Library. Titled Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces, the exhibition was curated by a team of scholars under the direction of Professor John Ochsendorf of MIT, author of the 2009 monograph, Guastavino Vaulting. The curatorial team included Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings and Archives, Avery Library; Professor Richard Wilson, University of Virginia; Professor Christopher Capozzola, MIT; and Chrysanthe B. Broikos, curator, the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C..

Attending the exhibition were ten members of the Guastavino family and Christiane Collins, whose husband Professor George Collins secured the Guastavino archives for Columbia University. The exhibition will remain at the Boston Public Library until February 24th and then travel to the National Building Museum. A New York venue is being planned. The National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored the development and execution of the exhibition, from a Consultation Grant in 2006 to the implementation grant for the exhibition in 2011 as part of the “We the People” program. Additional funding came from the Institut Ramon Llull and the Diputació de Barcelona.

A day featuring talks on various aspects of Guastavino buildings and history will be presented on November 3, 2012, as part of the Construction History Society of America’s conference held at MIT. Janet Parks will deliver the keynote address on the relationship of Guastavino and Cass Gilbert. Nineteen papers will follow presenting research on major buildings by Guastavino and new technical studies based on preservation projects. In addition to American scholars more than ten architects and scholars from Spain will attend and present papers.

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Buchman & Kahn, architects
Lefcourt State Building, 37th and Broadway: 37th Street elevation
1927
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District

The Skyscraper Museum
July 25, 2012 through February 17, 2013

The largest concentration of skyscraper factories in the world, the 18 blocks that were the heart of New York's Garment District, once supported more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs and produced nearly 3/4 of all women's and children's apparel in the United States. The rapid development of the district--the area of west midtown from 35th to 41st Streets and from Seventh to Ninth Avenues--occurred almost entirely within the boom decade of the 1920s, when more than 125 stepped-back "loft" buildings took the pyramidal forms dictated by the city's new zoning law.

Urban Fabric is guest-curated by Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program and the James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

 

Exhibition website

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Emiliano Espinosa. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. Spanish children's drawings of the Civil War collection

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Juanito Duran Gratacos. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. Spanish children's drawings of the Civil War collection

 

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

Museum of Modern Art
July 29-November 5, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art exhibition  Century of the Child, has 5 drawings from the Avery Library Drawings and Archives department.

3 drawings from the Spanish Children's Drawings and 2 drawings by Otto Wagner, probably never exhibited before for a Haus des Kindes of 1917.

Wagner died in 1918 and the project was never built. The Haus des Kindes was not an orphanage- it was intended as a place for children separated from their families by the war where the families could go to try to find the children. The older children were given occupational training should they end up on their own. 

The Wagner drawings were a gift to Avery in 2000 in memory of Annie Neubrunn, Emil Neubrunn, Fritz Oberlander, Adolf Placzek, and Harry and Elizabeth Gutman by Cornelia and Peter Oberlander.

Exhibition website

Avery Library blog:
https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/avery/2012/07/23/moma-century-of-the-child-exhibition/

Avery's Children's Drawings of the Spanish Civil War:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/exhibitions/children/

MoMA interactive exhibit:
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/centuryofthechild/

NYT Review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/arts/design/review-century-of-the-child-at-moma.html?_r=0