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SAH Presents: Esther da Costa Meyer on Pierre Chareau

March 8, 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians has organized a study day around the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design currently on view at The Jewish Museum. Curator Esther da Costa Meyer will lead a special tour of the exhibition, which covers Chareau's furniture designs, archival materials pertaining to his interiors (almost none of which survive), the role of his patrons, Chareau's art collection, his life and work in exile in the U.S., and the iconic Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris. Participants will have the chance to "visit" the Maison de Verre through an interactive virtual reality experience designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro as part of the exhibition. Following the tour, Esther da Costa Meyer will give a talk on Chareau's life and work. 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.

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).

Wednesday March 8, 4:30 – 7:00pm
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue
$50 per person. (Limited to 30 participants)
This event is open to the public; SAH membership is not required to attend.

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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