Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m.
Michael Graves has been in the forefront of architecture and design since founding his practice in Princeton, N.J. in 1964. As the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, at Princeton University, where he taught for 39 years, Graves is an influential theorist, as well as a diversified and prolific designer. Since the early 1980s, his work has directly influenced the transformation of urban architecture from the abstraction of commercial modernism toward an interest in context. Hailed by The New York Times critic Paul Goldberger as “the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time,” Graves has received several of the most prestigious awards ever conferred upon architects in the United States. These include the 1999 National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton, the 2001 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects and the 2010 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. This year Graves became the first architect inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Many people think that architects only create images that directly relate to architectural design. However, from an early age Michael Graves has been drawing and painting architectural forms and structures, still lifes and landscapes. The exhibition will focus on Graves’ landscape paintings, and this will also be the first time in Central New Jersey that the general public will see a gallery exhibition dedicated to this work.
This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State and PNC Bank.
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