Exhibition and Conference: ‘Palladio and His Legacy’

Posted in conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on June 7, 2011

This show which was at the Morgan last summer opens at Notre Dame with a full conference this weekend. My sense is that the exhibition functions rather differently in these two venues — one might think not only about the reception of Palladio but also the reception of the exhibition. From the Snite website:

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, 2 April — 1 August 2010
National Building Museum, Washington D.C., 2 September 2011 — 30 January 2011
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, 5 June — 31 July 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 3 September — 31 December 2011

Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, ca. 1715, engraved after Sebastiano Ricci (RIBA British Architectural Library)

This traveling exhibition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, offers a rare opportunity to see thirty-one drawings by the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio, along with seven books, fifteen models of related buildings, and eight bas-reliefs of some of the drawings (3-D projections of architectural drawings).

The Late Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio (Italian, 1508–1580) is the most influential architect of the last 500 years. His architecture synthesized the lessons of the ancient Romans with the achievements of his predecessors and contemporaries, including Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Palladio’s mastery of the classical orders, proportion, and harmony was unparalleled. His projects in Venice and the surrounding region set new standards in design and redefined the potential of the art form, especially for domestic structures.

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From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, 10-12 June 2011

Bringing together scholars, practitioners, educators, and students from various disciplines, the conference will explore how the Palladian tradition inspires the evolution of classical architecture. One of the most influential architects in history, 16th-century Italian Andrea Palladio’s impact is evident throughout the United States. Buildings such as the White House, the U. S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the National Gallery of Art bear his imprint. Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello, is modeled after Palladio’s famed Villa Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy. Conference participants will reconnect Palladian ideals to the living tradition that has informed these icons of American democracy and continue to shape vital paradigms for sustainable architecture and urbanism. Two exhibitions, Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the New Palladians, an exhibition of 50 international classical architects’ work in the Bond Hall Gallery, also will be held in conjunction with the conference.

C O N F E R E N C E  S C H E D U L E

Friday, June 10
4:00 Registration, Bond Hall Foyer
5:00 Welcome, 104 Bond Hall
5:15 Keynote, Robert Adam
6:00 Opening Reception for New Palladians Exhibition featuring a talk by co-curator Alireza Sagharchi
7:30 Dinner, Oak Room, South Dining Hall (tickets required, given upon registration)

Saturday, June 11
8:30 Registration and Coffee, Bond Hall Foyer
9:00 Welcome, Michael Lykoudis, 104 Bond Hall
9:15 Keynote, Léon Krier
10:00, Jorge Hernandez, “Palladio in Contemporary Academy and Practice”
10:30 Morning Break
10:45 Concurrent Sessions 1) Palladio, History and Theory
2) Palladio and the Urban Realm
3) Palladio and His Legacy
12:00 Lunch, Oak Room, South Dining Hall (included with registration)
2:10 “Palladio and His Legacy” with exhibition curators Irena Murray and Charles Hind
2:45 “Palladio and His Legacy” Exhibition Tour, Snite Museum of Art
3:30 Keynote, David Watkin, Annenberg Auditorium
4:00 Calder Loth, “Palladio in America”
4:30 Duncan Stroik, “Palladio Maestro e Guida”
5:00 Thomas Gordon Smith, “Palladio and Vitruvius”
5:30 Panel Discussion, moderated by Alireza Sagharchi
6:30 Dinner, Oak Room, South Dining Hall (tickets required, given upon registration)

Sunday Morning, June 12
8:30 Registration and Coffee, Bond Hall Foyer
9:00 Welcome, Michael Lykoudis, 104 Bond Hall
9:15 Keynote, Witold Rybczynski
9:45 Morning Break
10:00 Steve Mouzon, “Palladio and New Urbanism”
10:30 Christine Franck, “Palladio in America”
11:00 Samir Younés, “The Scope of Architectural Character”
11:30 Warren Cox, “The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio”
12:00 Break
12:15 Panel Discussion, moderated by John Stamper
12:45 Conclusion, Michael Lykoudis

Information on registration fees is available here»

A D D I T I O N A L  E V E N T S

Legacy in Print
Palladio’s legacy continues to live on in his architectural treatise, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura. First published in 1570 in Venice, I Quattro has been reprinted in numerous editions, translations, and adaptations. The University of Notre Dame Architecture Library will display a selection of their extensive collection of Palladio’s Four Books.

Learning from Palladio
“Learning from Palladio” is a competition sponsored by the international organization Students for Classical Architecture which calls for the examination of Palladio’s legacy and his influence on contemporary architectural education. The winning student-author will present his/her paper during Concurrent Session C on Saturday morning.

Students for Classical Architecture Design Competition
Winning designs will be displayed at the Snite Museum of Art through July 31, 2011. Juxtaposing these drawings by contemporary architecture students with drawings by Palladio’s own hand will invite reflection on the relevance of historical study in today’s architectural academies.

Palladio in Studio
Focusing on Palladio as a model craftsman, Stone Mason Travis Kline, ND ’03, will build a Palladian jack-arch using Bybee Limestone throughout the conference. Following closing remarks the keystone will be placed and the arch dedicated to the students of Palladio.

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  1. Editor said, on June 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I’m glad to report that I made it to Saturday’s portion of the conference. The exhibition is wonderful, and the conference was stimulating and instructive at various levels. Notwithstanding the vital role of the eighteenth century for the provenance of the drawings and their subsequent impact, for the most part yesterday’s focus rested on Palladio’s own sixteenth-century context. There were exceptions including an interesting talk by Richard Economakis on “Palladio in Bath” and a tantalizing whirl-wind tour by Calder Loth of Palladio’s impact in America.

    A few other notes:
    1) In the original version of the posting, I omitted the exhibition’s installation at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.; I’ve since added it.
    2) Reviews of the exhibition are available from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    -Craig Hanson

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