‘Drawing Ambience’ opens at RISD Museum
The RISD Museum presents Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, co-curated by Jan Howard, Chief Curator and Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum, and Igor Marjanović, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University.
Drawing Ambience, which opens with a Design the Night celebration on April 23, is the first public museum exhibition of drawings from the private archive of Alvin Boyarsky, longtime chairman of the Architectural Association and one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design education. His collection of drawings from the students and practitioners who passed through the school—Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind—is a visual record of a key moment in architectural history.
RISD had a role in this time of change: In the 1970s, Boyarsky brought forward-thinking architects to the AA, including RISD Professor Emeritus Friedrich St.Florian. (Who is honored in a related gala event on April 25.)
Drawing Ambience is co-organized by the RISD Museum and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Exhibition design is by Boyarsky Murphy Architects in London and 3SIXØ Architecture in Providence, whose principals are Kyna Leski and Chris Bardt of RISD Architecture.
Information about the exhibition, catalogue, and vibrant schedule of related programs: risdmuseum.org.