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Eileen Gray: Architectural Drawing as Spatial Praxis

October 17, 2020

This Bard Graduate Center presentation examines the relationship between Eileen Gray’s distinctive drawing techniques and the spatial qualities of her architecture. It begins with Gray’s sketches for the Galerie Jean Désert in Paris, carried out (most likely with Jean Badovici) in 1922, and extends to her drawings for the houses E 1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (1926–29) and Tempe a Pailla outside Castellar (1931–35).

Caroline Constant is professor of architecture emerita at the University of Michigan. In addition to her contributions to the Bard Graduate Center exhibition catalogue Eileen Gray (2020), she is author of The Modern Architectural Landscape (2012), Eileen Gray(2000), The Woodland Cemetery: Toward a Spiritual Landscape (1994), and The Palladio Guide (1985), as well as co-editor, with Wilfried Wang, of the exhibition catalogue Eileen Gray: An Architecture for all Senses (1996).

Emma Cormack is Associate Curator at Bard Graduate Center and the curatorial and editorial assistant on the Eileen Gray project.

Saturday October 17, 2:00–3:30pm
This is a virtual event. Advanced registration is required.


Tempe à Pailla, Sun Orientation, EG:2003.11, Eileen Gray Collection II
Tempe a Pailla, Castellar, plan diagram of solar orientation. Print on paper. National Museum of Ireland, NMIEG 2003.11.


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