Drawing Ambience at RISD Museum

By Architecture Department | Mar 08, 2015

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
Will be on view at the RISD Museum from April 24 –August 2, 2015

Drawing Ambience highlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal
tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During his time leading the school, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right.

Drawing Ambience features an iconic group of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our
time, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard
Tschumi, and Shin Takamatsu. The drawings are complemented by a series of related folios published by the AA
representing the work of Peter Cook, Peter Eisenman, Coop Himmelblau, and Kisa Kawakami, among others. Together,
these works provide an unprecedented opportunity to explore both the techniques and the imaginative spirit of drawing practices that permeated this time of change and experimentation in architecture worldwide.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, The Pleasure of Architecture, ca. 1984. © Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, The Pleasure of Architecture, ca. 1984.
© Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Site Plan for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1983. © Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Site Plan for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1983. © Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Boompjes, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 1982. © Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Boompjes, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 1982. © Office for Metropolitan Architecture. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Michael Webb, 06 0/P2 from Temple Island, 1987. © Michael Webb. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Michael Webb, 06 0/P2 from Temple Island, 1987. © Michael Webb. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. © Zaha Hadid. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. © Zaha Hadid. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Daniel Libeskind, Micromegas, The Garden, 1979. © Daniel Libeskind. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Daniel Libeskind, Micromegas, The Garden, 1979. © Daniel Libeskind. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Bernard Tschumi, Study for the folio La Case Vide, La Villette, #3 from the K Series, 1985. © Bernard Tschumi. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Bernard Tschumi, Study for the folio La Case Vide, La Villette, #3 from the K Series, 1985. © Bernard Tschumi. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

David Greene, Logplug and other drawings, 1970. © David Greene. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

David Greene, Logplug and other drawings, 1970. © David Greene. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Franco Purini, The Waste Land (La terra desolata), 1984. © Franco Purini. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Franco Purini, The Waste Land (La terra desolata), 1984. © Franco Purini. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Peter Wilson, The Clandeboye Gate House, Bangor, Northern Ireland, 1984. © Peter Wilson. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

Peter Wilson, The Clandeboye Gate House, Bangor, Northern Ireland, 1984. © Peter Wilson. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

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, Washington University, St. Louis. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated 160-page catalogue (December 2014). Support for Drawing Ambience is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Spring 2017 Events

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