Fertilizers: Olin / EisenmanSeptember 9 - December 17, 2006
Exhibition Walkthrough with architect Peter Eisenman and landscape architect Laurie Olin,
and Claudia Gould, ICA Director:
Friday, September 8, 5-6pm, ICA Members Only, join on-site
Friday, September 8, 6-8pm
Laurie Olin and Peter Eisenman have designed an environmental installation that will transform ICA's gallery. During their twenty-five years of collaboration, Olin and Eisenman have developed a unique approach to site development where neither the building nor the surrounding environment is given priority. Reminiscent of several key elements of the partners' many unbuilt projects, an abstract landscape of diverse forms and displaced ground fill the space.
In the larger architectural field, it is unusual for both landscape and building architects to have such a fruitful and generative relationship. Through their respective practices, Olin and Eisenman have developed a unique language and new terminologies for their thoroughly integrated approach to site development where neither the building nor the surrounding environment is given priority, but materialize in necessary coexistence. Their built projects include the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany.
Laurie D. Olin (born 1939, Fairbanks, Alaska) is a landscape architect and a principal of the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture/urban design firm, Olin Partnership. Olin's award-winning work is influenced by humanism, social and ecological movements, and the arts. He is also an educator who is the Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Olin is author of Across the Open Field, Essays Drawn on the English Landscape and is co-author of Vizcaya, An American Villa and its Makers (to be released November 2006). Peter Eisenman (born 1932, Newark, New Jersey) is a principal of the firm Eisenman Architects and is known as a primary theorist in contemporary architecture. Eisenman has authored several books including Diagram Diaries and Chora L Works, which he co-authored with Jacques Derrida. Eisenman was the first Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union and is currently also the Louis I. Kahn Professor of Architecture at Yale.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 96-page catalog, released in October, which will document this new project; unrealized past projects since 1980; and will include essays by Laurie Olin and Peter Eisenman, an interview by Claudia Gould, ICA Director, and essay by Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and winner of the 2000 Young Architects Forum ($25).
"Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman" continues ICA's
Architecture and design have been well-represented in ICA's 40-year history. ICA-organized projects have included work by Hella Jongerius and Jürgen Bey (2000-01); Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture ("Asymptote Architecture") with Karim Rashid ("stratascape," 2001-02); architect and theorist Greg Lynn ("Intricacy," 2002-03); and most recently Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UN Studio ("Holiday Home," 2006). Architecture and design shows at ICA organized by other institutions include the work of Rudi Gernreich (2001), KieranTimberlake (2004) and Ant Farm (2004).
ICA is grateful for the generous support of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts. We are also grateful for funding from Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown and the Goldberg Foundation, Inc. ICA acknowledges support awarded by: Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.; The Accent on Architecture Grants Program, supported by grants from the American Architectural Foundation, CNA Insurance Companies and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc.; Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects; Ballinger; KieranTimberlake Associates LLP; MGA Partners, Architects; and Minima Inc. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation, Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA is also grateful for in-kind support from Loews Philadelphia Hotel. (Information complete as of 7/12/06.)
Images: Top: "Santiago de Compostela"—Santiago de Compostela, City of Culture—landscape plan... Middle: Peter Eisenman (left), Laurie Olin (right)... Bottom: "UN Geneva Comp"—United Nations Facilities Competition, Geneva, Switzerland.
Installation views at ICA. Photos by Aaron Igler. > click to enlarge