Drawing Ambience is the first exhibition of architectural drawings from the private collection of the noted educator Alvin Boyarsky (1928 – 1990). As an architect, educator, and critic, Boyarsky championed new models of education and practice that engaged global cultural changes, creating a platform for young architects to probe current issues and define their own visual and spatial languages.
The diverse content of Boyarsky's collection, reflecting the visionary spirit of both built and unbuilt projects, captures a moment in history that was characterized by the rapid dissolution of singular canons and the blossoming of varied approaches. Boyarsky's collection includes design proposals and theoretical investigations that, while conceptually diverse, are connected by a shared emphases on experimentation through drawing.
These works also introduced architectural concepts that remain relevant today, including new ways of thinking about public space and the connections between contemporary culture and the built environment. The conceptual, disciplinary, and geographical diversity of the drawings attests to the intense international exchange that took place in the exhibition halls of the Architectural Association, and to the longevity and significance of Boyarsky's pedagogical vision.
Alexander Brodsky, Nigel Coates, Peter Cook, Coop Himmelblau, Peter Eisenman, Jeremie Frank, Frank Gehry, Michael Gold, David Greene, Zaha Hadid, John Hejduk, Andrew Holmes, Kisa Kawakami, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Christopher Macdonald, Stefano de Martino, Marion Masheder, Mary Miss, Eduardo Paolozzi, Rodney Place, Franco Purini, Franco Raggi, Peter Salter, Superstudio, Shin Takamatsu, Bernard Tschumi, Ilya Utkin, Alex Wall, Michael Webb, Peter Wilson, Lebbeus Woods, Elisa Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis
VIEW Prospectus (PDF)
43 framed prints and drawings
9 limited-edition folios published by the Architectural Association
Selection of ephemera, including sketchbooks, photographs, etc.
Approximately 250 linear feet (76.2 linear meters)
Marjanović, Igor. Howard, Jan. Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association. University of Chicago Press: 2015.
Venues will have the option of collaborating with architects to create tailored installations. Please contact Curatorial Assistance for more details.
Alex Wall (American, b. 1948), The Pleasure of Architecture, 1983; Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Netherlands
Frank Gehry (American, b. Canada, b. 1929), Goldwyn-Hollywood Library, 1983
Zaha Hadid (British, b. Iraq, 1950-2016), Kurfürstendamm Office Building, West Berlin, 1986
Daniel Libeskind (American, b. Poland, b. 1946), Theatrum Mundi, 1984
Zaha Hadid (British, b. Iraq, 1950 – 2016), The World (89 Degrees), 1984
Alexander Brodsky (Russian, b. 1955 / Ilya Utkin Russian, b. 1955), The Intelligent Market, 1987
Superstudio (Italian, active, 1966-1986), New-New York, 1969
Michael Gold (British, b. 1938 / Marion Masheder), Site Plan, Typical Flats, and View of the Tower, Millbank, London, 1981
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Dutch), Rem Koolhaas (Dutch, b. 1944) / Stefano de Martino (Italian, b. 1955), John Hejduk (American, 1929 – 2000), Boompjes, 1982
Franco Raggi (Italian, b. 1945), Untitled, 1977
Jeromie Frank (American), The Macrophone, 1981
Coop Himmelblau (Austrian), Super Spaces, c. 1969
Zaha Hadid (British, b. Iraq, 1950 – 2016), Sperm Table, 1988
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Dutch), Zoe Zenghelis, (British, b. Greece, b. 1937), Site Plan for a Complex of Holiday Villas on the Island of Antiparos, Greece, 1983
Installation, Rhode Island School of Design
Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association is co-organized by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis and the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. It is co-curated by Jan Howard, chief curator at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Igor Marjanović, associate professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalog distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The traveling exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.