| Aug 24, 2011 |
Gensler hosts Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Exhibition
Boh staff
By Staff

Gensler has partnered with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) for the newest in-office exhibition. The exhibit, The Classical Ideal, is curated by ICAA Fellows Briana Miller, Steve Bass, and Andy Taylor, and will be on display at Gensler in New York through September 7. It is viewable by appointment.

“Gensler's art program and educational platform is built on establishing a diverse appreciation of the arts. We learn from both contemporary ideas and historical influences. Classical architecture reminds us of the rigor of our profession and the role it has played in the foundation of culture and design. We are pleased to house the current exhibit and support the ICAA's mission,” shares Gensler Principal and ICAA Advisor Tom Vecchione.

The Classical Ideal exhibition features a myriad of drawings, paintings, renderings, plaster casts, sculpture and prints. The exhibit’s pieces on display celebrate both the history and the future of classicism as a living language for artistic expression.  From the 17th century until the early 20th century, artists and architects received rigorous classical training at the École des Beaux-Arts and worked collaboratively to create some of the most well known buildings and notable works of art. Today, they continue to practice and teach in this tradition throughout the world. The exhibition presents a sampling of student, instructor, and practitioner work, as well as pedagogical pieces from the ICAA and its fine art and design branches, the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Beaux-Arts Atelier, respectively.

“The ICAA is delighted to showcase these works at the Gensler office, and for this chance to tell the story of contemporary classicism and its practice in America today.  We believe that sustaining the lessons of the past, and drawing from cultural memory as parts of a modern architectural toolbox, are worthy missions.  This exhibit encourages us to that educational end,” says Institute president, Paul Gunther.

For additional information, or to schedule an appointment to see the ICAA exhibition, The Classical Ideal, please contact Lauren Davis or Jenn Hearon at Gensler. Appointments are available Monday-Thursday, between 9am and 5pm. The office is located at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1500, New York, New York.

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