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Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October

  • 00:00 - 6 September, 2014
Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October
Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October, Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of  Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek
Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek

An exhibition celebrating one of North America's foremost postmodern architects will open this October, marking 50 years of Michael Graves' practice. Past as Prologue maps the evolution of Graves' work in architecture and product design through an array of media including sculpture, painting, furniture, drawings and models. The comprehensive exhibition will begin with Graves' work from 1964 and conclude with works currently in progress. The exhibition will be hosted by Grounds for Sculpture with a mission to provide insight into the five-decade progression of Graves' unique design process. More on the exhibition after the break.

Central Zone, Resorts World Sentosa, 2012. Image Courtesy of  Resorts World Sentosa and Michael Graves & Associates
Central Zone, Resorts World Sentosa, 2012. Image Courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa and Michael Graves & Associates

Known as a founding member of the New York Five, Graves gained notoriety for numerous works including the infamous Portland Building, the Denver Central Library and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. His postmodern sensibility became a hallmark for the period, characterized by its reliance on geometry and abstracted machine aesthetic. Past as Prologue features numerous Graves designs in addition to many never-before-seen drawings across the firm's 50 year tenure. Sponsored by Italian design firm Alessi, the exhibition will also feature Graves' teakettle along with glasswork for Steuben Glass.

Model of Portland Building, 1982, cardboard, paper, paint, 10 x 8 x 8.5 inches. Image Courtesy of  Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek
Model of Portland Building, 1982, cardboard, paper, paint, 10 x 8 x 8.5 inches. Image Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek

About the exhibition, Graves says: “Reminiscing over 50 years of projects is wonderful for me, but I am most excited about how the future of our practice is evolving from the energetic collaboration of our disciplines.” Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture will host a variety of lectures, tours and workshops, including a product design challenge.

Model of Brighton Pavillion for Target, 2003, cardboard, paper, paint, 12 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches. Image Courtesy of  Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek
Model of Brighton Pavillion for Target, 2003, cardboard, paper, paint, 12 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches. Image Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek

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Cite: "Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October" 06 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/545371/michael-graves-50-year-retrospective-to-open-in-october/> ISSN 0719-8884
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