A retrospective exhibition, ‘Ceci n’est pas une reverie’ [This isn’t a dream], celebrating the creative life, work and spirit of the eminent architect and educator Stanley Tigerman will usher in a new term at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery August 22 until November 4.
The exhibition will mark the transfer of Tigerman’s complete drawing archive to Yale University’s Manuscripts & Archives depository in 2012. It will be accompanied by both historical video material of Tigerman’s lectures and interviews and a new video interview with Tigerman and others, produced by Karen Carter Lynch.
The exhibition takes a thematic approach, grouping Tigerman’s projects according to motifs that resonate throughout his body of work—including “utopia,” “allegory,” “death,” “humor,” and “division.” “Ceci n’est pas une reverie” draws on original artwork—including paintings, sketches and cartoons—Tigerman-designed household objects and models of projects exemplifying his evolving eclectic style, as well as videotaped interviews and lectures and archived material dating to his student days at Yale to provide a deeper look at a celebrated professional life that has spanned more than 50 years.
The exhibition is curated by Yale School of Architecture Associate Professor Emmanuel Petit and will open the show with a public lecture, “Displacement,” on August 25. Petit will share his insights as the exhibition curator in a lecture titled "Scaffolds of Heaven: On Tigerman," on September 1. Both lectures are free and open to the public and take place in the auditorium of Paul Rudolph Hall at 6:30 p.m.
The opening of “Ceci n’est pas une reverie” in New Haven will coincide with the book launch of Tigerman’s collected writings 1964-2011, Schlepping Through Ambivalence: Essays on an American Architectural Condition published by Yale University Press. It will also coincide with the release of Tigerman’s autobiography, titled Designing Bridges to Burn: Architectural Memoirs by Stanley Tigerman published by ORO Editions.