Stanley Tigerman Exhibit Opens at Graham Foundation
by Ian Volner | Friday, February 3, 2012
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.
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.
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.