Through February 2010, New York’s Urban Center Books is exploring the relationship between architecture and print with Unpacking My Library, an exhibition of the book collections of prominent New York architects such as Steven Holl and Michael Sorkin.
In preparing the exhibit, curator Jo Steffens found herself pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of intellectual and artistic influences represented in the collections. “Architects are a profession that do read broadly. Michael Graves has an amazing art library. He’s doing a lot of painting now. Peter Eisenman is in love with fiction. All of the architects did choose some fiction,” she said. “Their influences really weren’t what you would expect.”
A book based on the exhibit will be released later this year by Yale University Press.
For more information, visit www.unpackingmylibrary.org.