Stanley Tigerman Exhibit Opens at Graham Foundation

Monday, February 6th, 2012 - Modern Interior

by Ian Volner | Friday, February 3, 2012

Stanley Tigerman Titanic

Stanley Tigerman, American, born 1930, The Titanic, 1978, Photomontage on paper, Approx. 28 x 35.7 cm, Gift of Stanley Tigerman, 1984.802, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

The Graham Foundation—the storied Chicago arts institution—is hosting an exhibition of the work of native son Stanley Tigerman. The eclectically post-modern architect, urbanist, and all-purpose design world luminary will turn 82 this year, and the Graham show takes in the full broadband of his decades-long career.

Stanley Tigerman

Stanley Tigerman, “Instant City Model,” 1966. Photo Balthazar Korab. Stanley Tigerman, “Little House in the Clouds Model,” 1976.

Veering between arch-modernist severity and PoMo playfulness, Tigerman has never been an easy architect to pin down. The show reaches all the way back to his student days at Yale, and expands to accommodate his varied output by dividing it into several disparate themes, with sections headed Utopia, Allegory, Humor, Death, Division, (Dis)Order, Identity, Yaleiana, and Drift. Chicago is the second stop for the retrospective: it debuted at Yale University this past fall, in recognition of Tigerman’s recent donation of his drawing archive to his architectural alma mater.

Stanley Tigerman Formica

Stanley Tigerman, Formica Showroom – Grid Axonometric, 1986.

Tigerman has gone in and out of good graces with the design establishment over the years, but he has always been honored as an energetic and intelligent advocate for ambiguity and complexity in architectural thought. “Tigerman combines the nonchalant imaginativeness of a dreamer with the pragmatic focus of a realist,” said Yale professor and exhibition curator Emmanuel Petit, adding that “the versatility of his work… by far exceeds that of routine professional production.”

Images courtesy of The Graham Foundation.

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