SFMoMA: Lebbeus Woods, Architect

Lebbeus Woods, Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995;; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

SFMoMA will highlight the legacy of Lebbeus Woods in an exhibition that will run from February 16 through June 2, 2013.  It will include 75 works from the past 35 years of his career.  Lebbeus Woods is often categorized as an architect, but always as an artist and visionary.  His career has been filled with imaginative leaps through the concepts of space and form, exploring politics, society, ethics and the human condition.  He was a great influence on architects, designers, filmmakers, writers and artists.  The exhibition will celebrate his untimely death late last year and the breadth of influence that his work had on the art and design community.

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 4, 2006; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods, Architect will highlight the dominant themes of Woods’ work with an emphasis on the timelessness of his ideas and expression.  His work ventured to express architecture as having the potential to transform and free humanity from social constraints.  His drawings are psychologically unbound, wholly experimental and question the concepts that eventually transform into built work.

Lebbeus Woods, Unified Urban Field, from the series Centricity [no. 37
All of Woods’ explorations are grounded in the physical world and take examples from those events.  In particular, Woods’ addressed the problems of war ravaged cities like Zagreb and Sarajevo.  His drawings elicit experimental solutions to dealing with the world’s disruptive forces, whether they are man-made or natural.

Title: SFMoMA: Lebbeus Woods, Architect
Organizers: SFMoMA
From: Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:00
Until: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00
Address: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Cite: "SFMoMA: Lebbeus Woods, Architect" 12 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=316687>
  • Brian

    Back in 1998 before going into design school I stumbled across a Lebbeus Woods book. I thought it was awesome. Later not so much. But now, 15 years after, I can say: yeah, that’s cool.

  • Walt

    I concur, it took me awhile to regain an abstract mindset after being “schooled”. Taoism suggest that one obtain knowledge then forget it. Only then can one begin to “know”.
    Lebbeus Woods “knew”.