The University of New Mexico Art Museum features a retrospective of rarely seen drawings, models and photographs in two exclusive exhibitions of internationally recognized architect, Antoine Predock. Guest curated by Christopher Mead, UNM Regents Professor, Roadcut: The Architecture of Antoine Predock traces the architect's investigation of place through 10 case studies of his design process, from La Luz in Albuquerque to his contemporary work in Asia, and more than 40 years of practice.
An opening reception is set for Friday, Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 22.
Predock said, "The roadcut is a diagram of the investigative process for the making of architecture."
In the Van Deren Coke Gallery, Like a Signature: Sketches and Models reveals the architect's visual thought process through impulsive sketches, gestural drawings and clay models cut and shaped with a knife, ca. 1961-2009.
Joining Frank Lloyd Wright, LeCorbusier, I. M. Pei, and Thomas Jefferson, Predock is the 2006 recipient of the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal for having "asserted a personal and place-inspired vision of architecture with such passion that his buildings have been universally embraced." Rejecting easy stylistic formulas, he conceives his buildings as poetic landscapes made from the same collision between land and machine, geologic time and technological change, found in the highway roadcut. Closing the gap between human experience and modern technology, Predock returns architecture to its original, sacred purpose of marking our place in the world.
The exhibition is accompanied by Roadcut: The Architecture of Antoine Predock, the first scholarly examination of the architect's work, written by Christopher Mead. (UNM Press; 224 pp, 102 black and white and 140 color images.)
Location: UNM Art Museum is located in the Center for the Arts on the main campus
Admission: FREE with suggested $5 donation
Parking: Paid parking available in the Structure accessed from Central and Stanford
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Weekends 1-4 p.m.
Visit the UNM Art Museum for current programming information, or call 505-277-4001.
Additionally, the UNM Art Museum offers two related talks in its Distinguished Speakers Series. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, "Landscape Apparitions," a lecture and book signing with Predock and Mead is set; and on Tuesday, Feb. 22, Mead presents, "Made in New Mexico." Both lectures are at 5:30 p.m. in George Pearl Hall auditorium.
Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org