The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art present Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association. Opening October 13 and on view through November 25, 2015, the exhibition marks the first time that drawings from the private collection of the late Alvin Boyarsky, an influential figure in 20th-century architectural education, will be on view in New York.
The exhibition features drawings by architects including John Hejduk, first Dean of the School of Architecture, Cooper Union professor Michael Webb, Cooper alumni Daniel Libeskind, as well as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi. These drawings are part of a collection assembled by Boyarsky during his tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 to his death in 1990. Boyarsky orchestrated an exhibition and publication program at the school, and a sister program was simultaneously developed at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture by late Dean John Hejduk.
“Mr. Boyarsky was a friend, colleague, and kindred spirit of Dean Hejduk, whose curriculum emphasized hand drawing and whose work is featured in the exhibition, so we are thrilled to bring this collection here to The Cooper Union,” said Steven Hillyer, director of the School of Architecture Archive. “In fact, under Boyarsky’s guidance, the AA actually constructed the Collapse of Time, a structure from Dean Hejduk’s seminal Victims project.”
The exhibition was originally shown at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis and the RISD Museum in Providence, co-organizers of the exhibit. It is presented in New York in association with Archtober, the annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.