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Events October 2017


Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

October 22, 2017
through November 22, 2017

Harry Seidler (1923–2006) was one of Australia's most prominent 20th-century architects. He was the first architect to fully express Bauhaus principles within the continent, beginning in 1950 with a house for his parents, the Rose Seidler House, which won the Sir John Sulman Medal in 1951. A new exhibition at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College examines Seidler's distinctive place and hand within and beyond Modernist design methodology through featured projects. Painting Toward Architecture also brings to light Seidler’s collaborations with other visionaries: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon; and photographer Max Dupain.

Seidler, in his own words, felt he was “the torchbearer of Modern architecture” in Australia. He designed over 180 buildings throughout his long career, including a constellation of towers in central Sydney—the 50-story Australia Square (1967), 60-story MLC Centre (1975), 44-story Grosvenor Place (1988), 30-story Capita Centre (1989), 29-story IBM Tower (1991), 43-story Horizon Apartments (1998), and 56-story Cove Apartments (1999)—which assert powerful visual continuity and constitute a rare urban ensemble of a grand vision by a single master. Seidler’s work is recognizably marked by a strong sense of geometry, a feel for robust balanced compositions, a knowledge of structure and materials, and the use of inventive shading devices effectively responding to the intense Australian sun.

The exhibition was developed by New York-based non-profit Curatorial Project in collaboration with the Seidler Estate in Sydney and curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky, founding director of the Curatorial Project and author of Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli, 2014).

Through November 22
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College
141 Convent Avenue
Free and open to the public, weekdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm excluding holidays

Top: Walter Gropius (left) with Seidler during Gropius' visit to Australia in 1954. Photo by Max Dupain / National Library of Australia. Center: Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67. Photo by Max Dupain. ©Penelope Seidler. Bottom: Julian Rose House, Wahroonga, Sydney, 1950-54. Photo by Max Dupain. ©Penelope Seidler.


Week of October 22nd