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Virtual Tour of Eileen Gray Exhibition at Bard Graduate Center Gallery

May 28, 2020

Born Kathleen Eileen Moray Smith-Gray (1878–1976) in Ireland, the woman who came to be known simply as Eileen Gray was one of the 20th century’s most accomplished designer-architects. Gray’s career began at art school in London, eventually expanding her practice to include painting, lacquer work, furniture design, photography, and architecture, among other areas. Gray’s career as an architect began in the early 1920s, when she developed a series of hypothetical projects and built works both on her own initiative and in collaboration with the Romanian architect Jean Badovici (1893–1956), her longtime friend, collaborator, and likely intimate partner. Among these were private houses for leisure retreat, public leisure facilities, social projects, and urban structures. Today she is recognized as a pioneering woman in what was the predominantly male field of modern architecture.

The recently launched Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Eileen Gray exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to virtually explore different aspects of Gray’s career, from her celebrated projects to many lesser-known and recently rediscovered pieces on display for the first time. Excerpts from Bard Graduate Center’s symposium Eileen Gray: New Research and Methodologies are also available to view.

 

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“Eileen Gray’s Deco Designs Launched Modernism. That Was Just the Beginning,” Introspective Magazine, April 12, 2020.

“Modernist marvel: virtually tour the multifaceted universe of Eileen Gray,” Wallpaper, April 23, 2020.

Eileen Gray, Bedroom/Boudoir for Monte Carlo, exhibited at the Salon de Société des Artistes Décorative, Paris, 1923. Archives Galerie Gilled Peyroulet, Paris. Image: Bard Graduate Center.
Vacation house E1027 (1929), France. Photo Courtesy of bgc.bard.edu