Exhibiting Architecture

A Paradox?


Event Time

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 4:00pm


Hastings Hall (basement level of Paul Rudolph Hall) See map
180 York St.
New Haven, CT 06511

J. Irwin Miller Symposium

3 – 5 October 2013 (Thursday – Saturday)

The ambition to exhibit architecture always entails a paradox: how to exhibit something so large and complex as a building or a city or how to represent something as elusive as an architectural experience that unfolds in space and time?

While the story of major museums and their role in shaping the history of modern architecture has been largely told, this symposium will bring together historians, curators and practicing architects to explore how architecture has pushed exhibition as a medium in its own right and how exhibitions have shaped the discipline of architecture by posing questions that are historical, theoretical and critical. Rather than focusing on major historical surveys where the exhibit is treated as a descriptive event, this symposium will focus on exhibitions where architecture is used as the medium, at times becoming architectural reality in its own right. The symposium will also explore the condition wherein architecture itself has come to mimic exhibition and display strategies, making buildings into producers of scenographic sequences and atmospheric affects or, in some cases, into objects on display. Various exhibition techniques and formats that have emerged through experimental architectural exhibitions as well as fertile institutional settings and curatorial practices that have explored alternative modes of public engagement will be explored.

Thursday, 3 October


Opening Lecture

Philippe Rahm

Lecture Title: “Atmospherical Cube”

Paul Rudolph Lecture

Friday, 4 October

11:00am – 6:00pm

Brennan Buck, Craig Buckley, Paula Burleigh, Carson Chan, J.D. Connor, Romy Golan, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Mari Lending, Wallis Miller, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Philippe Rahm, Nina Rappaport, Joel Sanders, David Andrew Tasman, Mark Wasiuta


Keynote Address

Barry Bergdoll

Keynote Title: “Out of Site – In Plain View: The Symbiosis Between Exhibiting and Projecting the Modern”

George Morris Woodruff, Class of 1857 Memorial Lecture

Saturday, 5 October

9:00am – 4:00pm

Carson Chan, Eva Franch, Pamela Franks, Pedro Gadanho, Andres Kurg, Liane Lefaivre, Helena Mattison, Andrea Philipps, Simon Sadler, Joel Sanders, Léa-Catherine Szacka, Irene Sunwoo, Henry Urbach, Federica Vannucchi, Mirko Zardini

This symposium is supported by the J. Irwin Miller Endowment Fund; the Paul Rudolph Lectureship Fund; and the George Morris Woodruff, Class of 1857, Memorial Lectureship Fund.

The Yale School of Architecture is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned by attending this symposium will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.