After You Left, They Took It Apart: Photographs by Chris Mottalini at Auburn University


"Contemporary photographer Chris Mottalini has produced a series of haunting images that record several abandoned houses designed by architect Paul Rudolph, structures he discovered in various states of neglect. Exploring these former paradigms of modern design, decaying and slated for destruction, Mottalini found poignancy and no small measure of irony in the startling contrast of high Modernism laid to ruin. Photographed in some cases immediately prior to the homes’ demolition, these images are the last “portraits” of Rudolph’s striking creations."

The exhibit will be at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Chi Omega–Hargis Gallery, Auburn University, February 6-April 17, 2010

Rudolph was a graduate of Auburn University, formerly Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded the commission to design the Jule Collins Smith Museum for his alma mater in 1996. He died well before the project got underway. Gresham, Smith & Partners designed the museum which opened to the public in 2003.