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Exhibit: Paul Rudolph; 100 years of Space and Form

A Modernism Exhibit


Join us from February 11–March 9, 2019 for the exhibit:  Paul Rudolph; 100 years of Space and Form

Paul Rudolph, one of America’s most inventive and influential modern architects, created a sculptural, sophisticated range of modern architecture landmarks across the country and the globe. Considered one of the pioneers of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Rudolph’s innovative building designs were far ahead of his time and he enjoyed fantastic success in the 1950s and 1960s, designing houses and public buildings that received wide acclaim and publication.

This exhibition will trace Rudolph’s impressive career, which began with academic studies with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius at Harvard, and then established his uniquely inventive methods on notable private homes in Florida. From the onset of his practice, he experimented with the innovative ideas (at the time) of sun screens and cross-ventilation, and evolved a design signature combining richly complex plans and section, explorations of new construction methods and materials, and a focus on architecture as the formal containment of space and experience.

The exhibit will cover Rudolph's significant commissions for civic buildings in the 1950s and 1960s, where he was able to express his sense of monumentality and urbanism. The exhibition will highlight Rudolph’s significant structures, including the Yale Art and Architecture Building in Connecticut, numerous important Massachusetts buildings including the Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College, and continuing dynamic creations across America and Southeast Asia. While a practicing architect reaching the height of his creative success, Rudolph led the Yale School of Architecture in the early 1960s, and his work and philosophy of architecture had a profound impact on future generations of notable architects including Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Muzharul Islam, and Carl Abbott.

Concurrent with the exhibition, Rudolph’s Walker Guest House Replica will be available for tours in Downtown Palm Springs. This exhibit is presented by Palm Springs Modern Committee

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