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Events February 2017


Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design Curator's Gallery Tour with Esther da Costa Meyer

February 23, 2017

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a special gallery tour of the Pierre Chareau exhibition led by curator Esther da Costa Meyer.

The Jewish Museum is currently showing the first U.S. exhibition on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950). Showcasing rare furniture, lighting fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for the extraordinary Maison de Verre in Paris (1932), the exhibition brings together over 180 rarely-seen works from major public and private collections. The exhibition also addresses Chareau’s life and work in the New York area, after he left Paris during the German occupation of the city, including the house he designed for Robert Motherwell in 1947 in East Hampton.  Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design is organized by the Jewish Museum and Esther da Costa Meyer, Professor, History of Modern Architecture, Princeton University, in collaboration with The Centre Pompidou. The special exhibition design is by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Esther da Costa Meyer is professor of Modern architecture in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Her research focuses on architecture in its interaction with globalization, neoliberalism, and environmental change, connections that challenge the anthropocentric, monographic models of traditional historiography. She also works on the architectural practices of colonial powers in the Global South, as well as the emerging cultures of resistance that were themselves highly hybrid, transnational, and diasporic. On issues pertaining to gender and design, she has also published on architects Lilly Reich, Charlotte Perriand, and Lina Bo Bardi. Her curatorial work includes the exhibition Schoenberg, Kandinsky and the Blue Rider, co-curated with Fred Wasserman (The Jewish Museum) and Frank Gehry: On Line (Princeton University Art Museum).

Thursday, February 23, 5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd Street
Capacity limited to 20 guests. Advance registration required.
$20 DOCOMOMO Members/$30 non-members. Includes museum admission.


Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.
Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet, 1928–1932, Paris. Photograph © Mark Lyon
The second-floor balcony of the house that Pierre Chareau designed for Robert Motherwell in East Hampton, New York, 1947.
Second floor balcony, Robert Motherwell House, Pierre Chareau, 1947, East Hampton, NY. Photograph by Judith Turner. Courtesy Miguel Saco Furniture and Restoration, Inc., NY.


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