• Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
    Jan Howard and Igor Marjanovic
    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis
    Sep 12, 2014 to Jan 04, 2015
    RISD Museum, Providence
    Apr 24, 2015 to Aug 02, 2015
    Rhode Island School of Design-Museum of Art

Peter Eisenman, #5 from the folio Fin D'Ou T Hou S, 1985. Published by the Architectural Association, London.

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Museum), working in partnership with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, is organizing an exhibition with a catalog of approximately fifty architectural drawings and prints from the collection of Alvin Boyarsky, along with portfolios of limited-edition pieces published by the Architectural Association (AA) from the collection of the Fleet Library, RISD. The works in the exhibition primarily represent a period between 1979 and 1990 when the AA in London, led by Boyarsky, produced an extraordinary program of exhibitions and publications rooted in drawing not only as a representational medium but also as a form of architecture in its own right. The exhibition highlights the work of the leading architects of the day including Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, John Hejduk, Daniel Libeskind, Shin Takamatsu, Bernard Tschumi, and Peter Wilson.

Jan Howard was appointed Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum in April 2000 and Curatorial Chair in 2002. Prior to her position at RISD, she was a curator for 14 years in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at The Baltimore Museum of Art.  Her projects focus on modern and contemporary art. A selection include America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, 2012; Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, 2011; Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line, 2010; Interior Drama: Aaron Siskind's Photographs of the 1940s; Laurie Simmons: The Music of Regret, 1997; and Roni Horn: Inner Geography, 1994.

Igor Marjanovic is associate professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.  In 2009, he earned a national Education Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. Together with Katerina Ruedi Ray, Marjanovic is a principal of ReadyMade Studio, an interdisciplinary design practice. They have co-authored three books: Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision, 2010; Practical Experience, 2005; and The Portfolio, 2003. Marjonovic's writings on the pedagogical work of Alvin Boyarsky have appeared in the anthologies Critical Architecture, 2007, and Chicago Architecture, 2005, as well as AA Files and ARQ, 2010.

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, also known as the RISD Museum, is Rhode Island's leading museum of fine and decorative art, housing a collection of 86,000 objects of international significance. It is southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The RISD Museum strives to be a vital cultural resource by educating and inspiring a wide variety of audiences: families and individuals, scholars and researchers, artists and designers, and students of all ages. The Museum maintains an active program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures ranging from ancient times to the present. RISD and its Museum were founded in 1877.