New Exhibition at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Art Gallery in New Bedford

The University Art Gallery will be featuring the exhibition, Paul Rudolph: The Florida House, from February 3 through March 24.

The University Art Gallery will be featuring the exhibition, Paul Rudolph: The Florida House, from February 3 through March 24. 

The exhibition is curated by Christopher Domin and Joseph King. The curators will give a slide presentation on Paul Rudolph’s early Florida architecture on Friday, February 3, at 7 p.m. and followed by the Opening Reception. 

The University Art Gallery is located in downtown New Bedford, at 715 Purchase Street, in the renovated Star Store building. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 9a.m.to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 5 p.m. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. 

Paul Rudolph (1918-97) was the master architect for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, which was planned and begun in the mid 1960’s. Shortly before designing the Dartmouth campus, Rudolph, who was dean of the Architecture School at Yale, had become internationally famous for his design of the Yale Art and Architecture Building. 

The exhibition focuses on the important earlier Florida work that Paul Rudolph did over a twenty years period. In the curators’ words: “The early residential work…provided the necessary testing ground for Rudolph’s developing multi-layered design methodology. These houses were widely published at the time of their conception and played a significant role in the culture of American design at mid-century.” 

The exhibition complements the curators’ book, “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses,” published in 2002 by Princeton Architectural Press. The exhibition consists of architectural models, period photographs by Ezra Stoller, and large scale panels with text and high quality reproductions of presentation and analysis drawings from the Paul Rudolph Archives at the Library of Congress. Topics explored include the interrelationship between the production of these houses and the surrounding landscape, urbanism, regionalism, ethnographic analysis, along with links to concurrent architectural discourse. 

Christopher Domin is an architect and educator currently living in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the University of Arizona. Joseph King is a practicing architect on the west coast of Florida. 

Copies of the book will be available for signing after the curators talk, and will be on sale while the exhibition is on view. 

University of Massachusetts librarian, Bruce Barnes, will also give a talk, "Projects of Paul Rudolph in the Northeast," on Thursday, February 9, at 8 p.m., during AHA! Night (the monthly New Bedford celebration of Art, History and Architecture). 

For additional information, please contact Lasse Antonsen at 508.999.8555 or Lantonsen@umassd.edu


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