Paul Rudolph’s Centenary and the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation’s exhibitions ‘Paul Rudolph: The Personal Laboratory’ and ‘Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey’ are covered in an online article in Metropolis by A.J.P. Artemel.
There was a time when Paul Rudolph was the most famous architect, if not in the world, then at least in the United States. As the leading emissary of “heroic” Modernism, he was responsible for some of the most innovative and audacious concrete buildings of the 1960s. Current stars Richard Rogers and Norman Foster went to Yale to learn from him. But after the devastating, epoch-ending fire at Rudolph’s Art and Architecture Building at Yale and multiple broadsides penned by Postmodern critics, Rudolph’s stream of projects, as well as his American following, seemed to evaporate overnight. Though much of Rudolph’s work from his early period in Sarasota, Florida, and from the height of his career in the ’60s has been rehabilitated and rediscovered by new audiences, his later work—roughly defined, those buildings completed between 1970 and his death in 1997—remains relatively unknown.
Two exhibitions organized by the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to mark the architect’s centenary aim to address this blind spot.
It is indeed an exciting time to examine this material, not only in light of the anniversary but because of what this collection of buildings and designs may come to illustrate: a daring and often lonely effort to continue the Modernist project.
For more information about the current exhibition ‘Paul Rudolph: The Personal Laboratory’ at the Modulightor building, and the upcoming ‘Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey’ go to the Centennial page here.