Original hand drawings along with historic and current photographs depicting two projects by Carlo Scarpa will be on display this spring at the Cooper Union’s Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery. The prolific Italian architect and educator is best known for his villas—Verona’s Villa Ottolenghi in particular, which will be highlighted in the exhibition. Il Palazzetto, another key work by Scarpa, also will be on display so viewers can compare the different designs. Scarpa lived and worked (he restored ancient buildings in addition to designing new ones) surrounded by historic structures, and his designs respond to his homeland’s prevailing classical styles without trying to emulate them. The curators explain in the exhibition description that they selected these two particular projects and arranged the personal drawings in such a way as to show Scarpa’s thought process and “demonstrate the importance of an architect’s approach in developing spatial ideas.”
The exhibition is free and the gallery is open from noon until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. An opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 20.