Don't miss these upcoming architecture exhibits and other special events.
Oct. 11, 2008—dinner and music in the Arizona desert: The Cosanti Foundation will present the 27th annual Colly Concert at Arcosanti, 65 miles north of Phoenix, to celebrate the life and contributions of Coroloyn "Colly" Woods Soleri, wife of architect Paolo Soleri and co-founder of the Cosanti Foundation. The community of Arcosanti remembers Colly each year for her contributions to its creation and cultural life. The concert will feature pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee at the Colly Soleri Music Center, marking her seventh appearance at Arcosanti. Lee, who trained at The Juilliard School, will perform the works of Beethoven, Bartok, Schubert, and Chopin. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a complimentary tour of Arcosanti at 5:00 p.m. and a dinner at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for dinner and the performance, or $20 for the performance alone ($10 for students). To purchase tickets, visit Arcosanti online or call 928.632.7135.
Oct. 17, 2008—exhibit opening at MODAA: An exhibit on the work of modernist residential architect William Krisel, AIA, highlighting his design talent and architectural process, will run from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1, 2008, at the SPF:a Gallery at the Museum of Design, Art, and Architecture in Culver City, Calif. William Krisel, AIA—Modernism by Hand will feature dozens of Krisel's hand-drawn architectural renderings, blueprints, sketches, and floor plans, as well as photography of Krisel's work through his 51 years of practice, including images by photographer Julius Shulman. Visit www.modaagallery.com for gallery hours and directions.
Oct. 17, 2008—The Drawing Center exhibit opening: Scandinavian-born, Los Angeles-based industrial designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman will be the subject of an exhibit at The Drawing Center in New York City. The first major U.S. exhibit to focus on Grossman's drawings, Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting will debut recently discovered industrial design drawings Grossman executed between 1948 and 1959. The exhibit, shown in the Drawing Room, runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 6, 2008, and will feature small- and large-scale shop drawings of metal lamps and furniture she designed, as well as archival photographs of manufactured works used for client presentations. The Drawing Center will hold an opening reception for the exhibit Oct. 16, and will host a gallery talk about Grossman's legacy on Oct. 21 by Brett Littman, exhibit curator and executive director of The Drawing Center.
Oct. 19, 2008—kicking off National Design Week: The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City hosts its 2008 National Design Week from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, marking the event with free museum admission and a series of public programs for students, teachers, design pros, and the general public. A museum gala on Oct. 23 will honor the winners of Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Awards, the centerpiece of National Design Week. Programs include a Teen Design Fair on Oct. 20, hosted by television personality Tim Gunn, former chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design; the National Design Awards Winners' Panel on Oct. 21; and an Educator Open House on Oct. 24. For details visit www.cooperhewitt.org.
Oct. 23, 2008—furniture exhibition in Virginia: The Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond will host The Furniture of Eero Saarinen: Designs for Everyday Living from Oct. 23 to Jan. 25, 2009. A timeline of Saarinen's life and his design career will be on display, along with vintage examples of his most recognized furniture pieces on loan from the Knoll Museum, including the Grasshopper Chair and the Womb Settee. An opening reception will be held the evening of Oct. 23; reserve a spot by calling 804.644.3041, ext. 100. Several programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit, including a family day, a presentation on iconic 20th-century furniture design, and an introduction to the basics of interior design for high school students. Visit www.virginiaarchitecture.org for full details.