Model Projections was part of an exhibition project investigating the complex pathways between architecture and its representations through an examination of the practice of model making during the mid-twentieth century. Based on documents from the archives of the Department of Drawings and Archives at Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library of Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, and especially, from the pioneering model maker Theodore Conrad, the exhibition explores these ephemeral registers of architectural production, revealing the model itself as a site of collaboration, negotiation, and speculation.
Through archival material from Conrad’s studio, we decided to explore the basic questions involved in the process of investigation: the relation between technology and craft, authenticity and authorship, architectural vision and systematized work. With these as a starting point, we abstracted and traced fragments and objects at scale; original accessories for the building of models became central pieces in the graphic identity; hyper-realistic 3D models at various scales were overlaid as cut-outs, generating a collection of objects rendered as nodes for abstract exchanges.
Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery
GSAPP Columbia y Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
GSAPP Director of Exhibitions
(Tei Carpenter con Minjae Kim)