The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman Exhibition / Graham Foundation in Chicago

The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman Exhibition / Graham Foundation in Chicago
© Stanley Tigerman, American, born 1930, The Titanic, 1978, Photomontage on paper, Approx. 28 x 35.7 cm, Gift of Stanley Tigerman, 1984.802, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago

The Graham Foundation in Chicago, Illinois is hosting an exhibition of the works of architect Stanley Tigerman from January 26, 2012 – May 19, 2012. Tigerman, a Chicago native and principal of Tigerman McCurry, undertook more than 400 projects, resulting in 175 built works. As an active member of the local Chicago architectural community, he was a founding member of The Chicago Seven, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1985-1993), and co-founded the school ARCHEWORKS with Eva Maddox in 1994 – a progressive socially oriented design. More details after the break.

Exhibition Description:

© Stanley Tigerman, Formica Showroom - Grid Axonometric, 1986

Ceci n’est pas une rêverie (This is not a dream) is both a retrospective and a reexamination of the architectural concepts of Stanley Tigerman. Throughout the exhibition, Tigerman’s texts, sketches, cartoons, object designs, architectural drawings, and models are organized in relation to nine themes that single out certain leitmotifs of his thought since 1960: Utopia, Allegory, Humor, Death, Division, (Dis)Order, Identity, Yaleiana, and Drift. Evident in this work is Tigerman’s insistence on the transitory nature of architectural interpretations and on the spiritual and ethical value of ambivalence. The installation spreading through all three floors of the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House builds on the playful, oneiric, and surrealist undercurrent of Tigerman’s work and underscores the abiding importance of his approach.”

The exhibition is being curated by Emmanuel Petit, Associate Professor in the Yale School of Architecture.

© Stanley Tigerman, Instant City Model, 1966. Photo Balthazar Korab

See previous coverage of Stanley Tigerman here.


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Cite: Tim Winstanley. "The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman Exhibition / Graham Foundation in Chicago " 26 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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