Lower Manhattan Expressway Project by Paul Rudolph Subject of Exhibition


The Drawing Center will organize an exhibition in
collaboration with The Irwin S. Chanin School of
Architecture of The Cooper Union on late-Modernist
American architect Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan
Expressway (LME) project. The LME was conceived in
the early 1960s as a major urban design project to create a
transportation hub, housing, and public spaces in New York City. Though never constructed, this mega-scale project would have transformed the city. In the Houghton Gallery at
The Cooper Union, the exhibition will present
approximately 30 full-scale reproductions of drawings,
prints, and photographs from 1967-1972 from the Paul
Rudolph Archive at the Library of Congress, which will
be on public view for the first time and represent the only
record of this major plan. Additionally the exhibition will
feature a partial reconstruction of Rudolph’s model of the
LME project created by current students at The Cooper
Union School of Architecture.

Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan
Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union
October 1–November 6, 2010
Reception: Thursday, September 30, 2010 at
Cooper Union

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