press release

Alvin Boyarsky was among the most influential figures in 20th-century design education. As longtime chair of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, he argued that architecture was not only a profession, but also an artistic venture — an open, wide-ranging practice that incorporates drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction.

This fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, in collaboration with the RISD Museum in Providence, RI, will present “Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association,” the first public museum exhibition of Boyarsky’s private collection of architectural drawings.

Comprising about 50 pieces, "Drawing Ambience" will feature early, formative works on paper by now-prominent contemporary architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, among others. Also featured will be a selection of folios published by the AA during Boyarsky’s tenure, including work by Peter Cook, Coop Himmelblau and Peter Eisenman.

“Drawing Ambience” opens Friday, Sept. 12. Also opening that evening will be “Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art,” which investigates how contemporary artists engage the urban landscape. Encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and video, the exhibition will feature the work of internationally renowned artists such as Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky, Jakob Kolding, Sarah Morris, Gary Simmons and Andrea Zittel.