Ports of Entry: Richard Morris Hunt's Architectural Drawings / Contemporary Architectural Drawings
National Academy

Two counterpoint exhibitions at the National Academy focus on architectural drawings at two very divergent times in the history of the medium. "Ports of Entry" centers in on the work of 19th-century architectural genius Richard Morris Hunt, while "Contemporary Architectural Drawings" sets that body of work against what ten modern architectural bright lights are currently producing. The Hunt exhibition showcases some twenty-five drawings created between 1847 and 1863 by the man who designed Marble House and The Breakers in Newport, RI and the great entrance wing to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other landmark sites. The drawings displayed at the exhibition include twelve never-realized designs, along with gateway plans for Central Park. Alongside this exhibition, the "Contemporary Architectural Drawings" show brings forth new media – computer renderings, video, film – as well as more traditional drafts, with the aim of offering a view of current architectural creation by such preeminent figures as Richard Meier, Richard Gluckman and Laura Hope Spear. A trenchant face-to-face of a medium, yesterday and today.

February 7 through April 20, 2008
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