Avery Library Events


UPCOMING EVENTS


Wright-Lenfurt-detail Frank Lloyd Wright. Lenkurt Electric Company, perspective. 1955 (detail)

The Bay Area Evidence: Wright's San Francisco Projects and Clients

The Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer Lecture
Talk by Paul V. Turner, Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus, Stanford University

June 15th, 2017
6:30 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Extending over nearly sixty years, Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Bay Area works are distinctive for their diversity and the unprecedented creativity of many of them. They demonstrate, perhaps more than his buildings in any other comparable location, the amazing variety and innovation of his creations, and the fertility of his imagination. Paul V. Turner (Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus, Stanford University) draws on his extensive research in the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives at Avery Library, not only to examine Wright’s Bay Area projects, but also to uncover a richly nuanced and personal portrait of Wright and his public persona amidst his circle of San Francisco clients and associates.


This event is cosponsored by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Museum of Modern Art Department of Architecture and Design, and the Omomuki Foundation

Location:

Celeste Bartos Theater
The Museum of Modern Art
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

 


Past Events

Jaffe_Wohl-plot-plan-detail Norman Jaffe. Site plan, Sam's Creek. Bridgehampton, NY. 1972 (detail)

Pencil, Pen, Print: images of architecture at Avery

A display of selected works and reception in honor of Janet Parks, Curator of Avery Drawings & Archives on the occasion of her retirement.

Friday May 12th, 2017
Display & Reception: 6:00-9:00 pm
Remarks:  7:30pm

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
Columbia University

 

 

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Piranesi and Architectural Magnificenza

Lecture by John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology Emeritus at Princeton University

March 29th, 2017
6:30-9:00 pm

Classics Reading Room, Avery Library

Piranesi famously remarked, “speaking ruins have filled my spirit with images,” leading his posthumous biographer, Giovanni Ludovico Bianconi, to characterize him as the “Rembrandt of ruins.” Indeed, the alchemy of Piranesi’s etching needle gave voice to mute stones, with the result that the ruins took on a new role in the form of speaking architecture. Among the many challenges he faced was the need to convey the spatial complexity and imposing grandeur of the ruins within the restricted format of two dimensional plates. Many of his prints go beyond the mere documentation of fragmentary architecture to present sophisticated analysis and polemic in visual terms. Join us to view select materials from Avery Library’ world-class collection of Piranesi prints and to examine the strategies employed by Piranesi to express what he termed the “magnificenza” of Roman architecture.

Photos of the lecture and exhibition


Avery-Hall_Harrison-Abramovitz Image: Harrison & Abramovitz, architects. H. Blake-Smith, artist. Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York,: View of lobby and cafe, 1961

An Evening at Avery Library
in celebration of our 125th anniversary year

Friday May 13, 2016

Curators: Janet Parks, Teresa Harris, Roberto Ferrari, Chris Sala


Display: 4:00 - 8:30 pm
Reception: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Remarks: 6:30 pm

 

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Coloring Books & Jigsaw Puzzles

May 3-11, 2016
All Day

Stressed? The Libraries are here to help! Join us for any or all of our stress-relief activities. No RSVP required.

 


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Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Lecture:

Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West
Talk by T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA (Harboe Architects)
The Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer Lecture
Co-sponsored by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and The Museum of Modern Art

Location: MoMA, The Celeste Bartos Theater
4 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019

For more information contact: Avery-Friends@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

 


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Celebrating Avery's 125th Anniversary: highlights from the permanent collections

November 2, 2015  3:00 - 9:00 pm

Curators: Carole Ann Fabian, Janet Parks, Teresa Harris, Roberto Ferrari


Exhibit & reception: Avery Library reading rooms

 

 

 


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Archiving Practice

Sponsored by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP)

April 17, 2015 noon - 2:00 pm
Ware Lounge, Avery Hall

Digital design raises many questions for the archive. How can designers best preserve a record of their iterative work, and how should archivists acquire and shape legacies of contemporary practice? Some firms archive in ad hoc or idiosyncratic fashions, while others forge relationships with institutional partners. This conversation led by GSAPP and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library brings these questions and strategies to the fore. It is grounded in work by the Society of American Archivists, Yale University Library, and the firm MOS to explore ways to institute archival standards and practices into office culture today.

Speakers:

Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library

Suzanne Noruschat, Architecture Records Archivist, Yale University Libraries

Aliza Leventhal, Corporate Librarian and Archivist, Sasaki Architects

Hilary Sample, Architect & Associate Professor (GSAPP)

David Benjamin, Principal The Living and Assistant Professor (GSAPP)

 

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OBJECT-CENTERED LEARNING:
Experiencing the Authentic in a Digital Age

Symposium sponsored by Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries

February 17, 2015 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Butler Library, Room 523
Columbia University
535 W. 114th St., New York, NY

An engaging discussion of how close interactions with art works and cultural artifacts enhance classroom teaching across the disciplines, where digital presentation is often the norm. If you are in town for College Art Association’s annual conference in New York City, be sure to stay a few days longer and attend this free symposium, open to the public at Columbia University.

Speakers include:

Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
The Object in the Gallery: Teachable Moments in and along the Way

Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties
Avery Library, Columbia University
Buddhas, Bronzes, Ceramics, and a Cradleboard: Columbia’s Art Collections in the Classroom

Senta German, Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
Teaching and Learning at the First University Museum: The University Engagement Programme of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford

Michele D. Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation
Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, New York University
Partnering with Conservators for Object-Based Study and Learning

Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam
Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
What Do Objects Want?

 

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Celebrating the Arthur Rothstein Photograph Collection at Avery

October 28, 2014 6:30-8:00 pm
Speaker: Noam Elcott
Exhibition & Lecture with reception following
Avery Library Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Center for the Study of Art and Architecture
Sponsored by Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and Avery Friends

Columbia Libraries press release

Rothstein Collection Finding aid

 

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Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art & Landscape at Woodlawn

October 25, 2014 1:00-6:00 pm
Speakers: Susan Olsen, Charles D. Warren, Andrew Dolkart, Alice Frelinghuysen, Janet Parks
Symposium with reception following
Schermerhorn Hall & Wallach Art Gallery
Sponsored by:
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Woodlawn Conservancy, and the Wallach Art Gallery

Exhibition website

Symposium Program

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Piranesi Day 2014 

October 2, 2014

Avery's annual exhibition of prints, drawings, and books by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was held this year on Thursday, October 2, from 4:00pm-5:30pm. It combined favorites like the rare first and second states of the Carceri series with a selection of highlights of his most important publications. Held in the Wallach Seminar Room, this event was organized to coincide with GSAPP professor Mary McLeod's survey on the History of Architecture.

Photos from the Exhibition

 

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ICAM 17: International Confederation of Architecture Museums Conference

Sept. 21-28, 2014

Sponsored by: Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art, and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

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Architecture & Diplomacy

September 9, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm

Program details
Keynote speakers: Jane Loeffler, Architectural historian, author of "The Architecture of Diplomacy"
Jean-Louis Cohen. Professor of History of Architecture, New York University
Panel moderator: Victoria Phillips, Lecturer in History, Columbia University

Panelists:
Amale Andraos, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Kadambari Baxi, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture, Barnard College
Casey Jones, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Craig Konyk, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University

Symposium with reception following
East Gallery, Buell Hall
Co-Sponsored by:
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University and the Blinken European Institute

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Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art & Landscape at Woodlawn


September 5, 2014
6:30-8:00 pm

Exhibition opening reception
Wallach Art Gallery and The Stronach Center
Schermerhorn Hall , 8th floor
Sponsored by: The Woodlawn Conservancy and The Wallach Art Gallery

Exhibition website

Image Credit: François Lecoy. Méthode simple et facile pour lever les plans, suivie d’un traité dunivellement et d’un abrégé des règles du lavis … (Paris: Duponcet, 1805).

Display of Recent Acquisitions 2014


May 19, 2014  3:00-8:00 PM
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
Sponsored by Avery Friends & the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries

Blog entry

Photos from the exhibition

Image Credit: François Lecoy. Méthode simple et facile pour lever les plans, suivie d’un traité dunivellement et d’un abrégé des règles du lavis … (Paris: Duponcet, 1805).

 

Frederick C. Robie residence, 1909. Courtesty of 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 New Deal

May 9, 2014 6:00PM
Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art

Co-sponsored with Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Speaker: Professor Ira Katznelson

 

Image Credit: Frederick C. Robie residence, 1909. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Guast photo panelists Image credit: Jonathan Alger

Guastavino's Palaces for the People: from archive to exhibition

April 11, 2014  Noon-2:00 PM
Butler Library, rm. 523

The speakers discussed the history of the Guastavino archive, from its last-minute discovery and rescue by Columbia University professor George R. Collins to the creation and design of the exhibition, Palaces for the People.

John Ochsendorf, MIT
    The Guastavino Company and the exhibition, Palaces for the People
Janet Parks, Avery Library, Columbia University
    The Guastavino Archive: from acquisition to exhibition
 Chysanthe Broikos, National Building Museum
    Nature of Architectural Exhibitions
 Daniel Fouad, C&G Design
   Designing for architectural exhibition

 

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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

Art Properties page on exhibition

Exhibition website

Image credit: Roberto Ferrari

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Practice post-50: Edgar Tafel in New York

 

Co-presented by AIA-NY at Edgar A. Tafel Hall
January 23, 2014   6:00 PM
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place


Website

OCULUS review

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Selections: Avery Special Collections

October 30, 2013

Avery welcomed members of the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation to a display of Selections: Avery Special Collections.

The October 30th evening exhibit and reception showcased highlights from Avery Classics (rare books) and Avery Drawings & Archives. The program included remarks by Carole Ann Fabian (Director) and Curators Carolyn Yerkes and Janet Parks.

 

Photos from the Exhibition
 
 

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters

"Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters"

October 8, 2013

Avery Library hosted a lecture by Anthony Alofsin, Roland Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture, Professor of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin.

 


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Piranesi Day 2013

September 26, 2013

Avery's annual exhibition of prints, drawings, and books by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was held this year on Thursday, September 26, from 4:00pm-5:30pm. It combined favorites like the rare first and second states of the Carceri series with a selection of highlights on this year's special theme: infrastructure. Held in the Wallach Seminar Room and in the Drawings and Archives reading room, this event was organized to coincide with GSAPP professor Mary McLeod's survey on the History of Architecture.

Photos from the Exhibition

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Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2013

May 20, 2013

Avery Library hosted our annual Recent Acquisitions event. Featured were a selection of works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Ferriss, John Russell Pope and others.

Sponsored by Avery Friends & the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries.

 

Photos from the Exhibition


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Celebrate: Avery Hall at 100 !!!

Graduate School  of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012 marked the first day of Avery Hall’s second century. Designed by the legendary architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White, Avery Hall is home to the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the renowned Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Together, the School and the Library support a culture of innovation and discovery of the ever dynamic fields of architectural practice and research. GSAPP and Avery Library hosted a symposium, exhibition and celebratory reception to honor Avery Hall’s storied history with remarks by faculty, scholars and staff who’ve participated in the life of the building throughout its hundred-year history.

Event website

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Piranesi Day 2012

September 27, 2012

Avery Classics hosted its annual Piranesi Day event, a one-day exhibition that celebrates Avery's spectacular collection of works by the architect-etcher Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). Held in conjunction with GSAPP professor Mary McLeod's History of Architecture lecture course, Piranesi Day is an opportunity to share highlights from this collection with students, faculty, and staff.

This year's display, which was exhibited in the Wallach Seminar Room and in the Drawings and Archives reading room, included first- and second-state examples from the Carceri series of etchings, presentation drawings of Piranesi's project for San Giovanni in Laterano, the monumental prints of the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, and many bound volumes of prints, among other highlights.

 

Photos from the Exhibition


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Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2012

May 14, 2012

This one-night only exhibit featured a selection of highlights acquired this year in each of Avery’s collections: Avery Classics (rare books), Drawings & Archives, Art Properties, and Avery’s research collections in art and architecture.

Photos from the Exhibition


Felix Candela Symposium

Felix Candela Symposium

February 11, 2012

In conjunction with the exhibition Felix Candela, the Wallach Art Gallery and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library present a symposium on his life and work. 


Avery Library New Acquisitions 2011

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2011

May 16, 2011

Amidst treasures from across Avery’s collections, selections from Avery Classics included items from the Herbert Mitchell bequest, early to mid-20th century works on city planning and the modern housing movement in Europe and Latin America,  contemporary artist books on architectural subjects, and an extraordinary display of Japanese architecture and design from the interwar period.

Photos from the Exhibition


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Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2010

 

May 17, 2010

Photos from the Exhibition


Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2009

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2009

May 18, 2009

 

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