Film Screening | The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967–1984
Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Diana Agrest's documentary film traces the critical undertakings of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS). Founded in NYC in 1967 as an alternative forum for architectural research, education, and practice, the IAUS was a place of immense energy and effervescence, whose young founders and participants, while hardly known at the time, would shape architectural practice and theory for decades. They included figures such as Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Frank Gehry, Aldo Rossi, Deborah Berke, Rafael Moneo, as well as Agrest herself. Featuring remarkable archival footage and interviews with the IAUS's original participants, this Graham-funded film provides an intimate look back at the creation of the IAUS and its enduring significance as a locus for the architectural avant-garde.
Diana Agrest, FAIA was a Fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City from 1972-1984 and is the writer, producer, and director of The Making of an Avant-Garde, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984. Agrest is an internationally renowned architect known for her unique and pioneering approach to architecture and urbanism. She is founder and partner of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects and has designed and built a range of award-winning projects including urban master plans, institutional buildings, residences, and interiors. Agrest is a full-time Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and has previously taught at Princeton, Columbia, and Yale universities. Her published books include Architecture from Without: Theoretical Framings for a Critical Practice (MIT Press, 1991); Agrest and Gandelsonas Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 1995); The Sex of Architecture (eds. Agrest, Conway, and Weisman; Abrams, 1996). She created and directed Framing the City: Film, Video, Urban Architecture at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993 and has produced over fifty short films at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, and University of Buenos Aires.
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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.