All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles): Saturday Gallery Talk

Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 15 November 2014 : 11.00
Speaker: Cédric Libert, Alice Grégoire, Paul Cournet and Max Kahlen


AA Membership is delighted to host a Gallery Talk on Saturday 15 November for the exhibition All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles) in the AA Gallery.  Curator Cédric Libert will be in conversation with Alice Grégoire (OMA/AMO), Paul Cournet (OMA/AMO) and Max Kahlen.

Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be available. All Welcome.

The Exhibition’s Private View will be held on Friday 14 November – listing here

Exhibition Text:

The architectural thought of Auguste Perret (1874-1954) was dedicated to defining a set of characteristics peculiar to the recently discovered material, reinforced concrete. His output demonstrates a radical approach and represents a departure from the construction traditions of the time. In parallel, it can also be perceived as a classical practice, following the ideas of Viollet-Le-Duc, among others.

A series of themes spreads through Perret’s work – facades, the sovereign shelter, the inclusion of a space into another, the structural expression, etc. These themes constitute the fundamental elements of his method and one can find them in every scheme. In this exhibition each element is used as the starting point for a new project – the final set of design propositions gives a clear view of Auguste Perret’s repertoire: column, profile, structure, shelter, cabinet, room, portico and vault.

This work was developed with a third-year studio at ENSA-Versailles – a space created for research that brings together theory and practice. The projects on show evoke proto-architectures and inhabitable open structures instead of architectural answers to predetermined functional requirements. The approach refers to Perret’s pronouncement during the construction of Palais d’Iéna, “ [...] a vast, all purpose shelter. Today it houses civil engineering equipment. Tomorrow we could have sculptures exhibited here [...].”

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Exclusive Member Visit

Series: Members' Exhibition Visits
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014 : 18.30
Speaker: Constructing Worlds Exhibition


AA Membership is delighted to offer an exclusive chance to visit the Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age exhibition at the Barbican on 19 November 2014,.

The evening will take place from 6:30-8:30pm and will include free entry to the exhibit and a special talk by Barbican Curator Alona Pardo.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential as places are limited.
Priority is given to AA Members, who are allowed to bring one guest each.
Please e-mail with any questions.

Exhibition text:

Constructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us. 

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, we invite you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture.

Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography to reveal hidden truths in our society.

Featured photographers

  • Berenice Abbott

  • Iwan Baan

  • Bernd and Hilla Becher

  • Hélène Binet

  • Walker Evans

  • Luigi Ghirri

  • Andreas Gursky

  • Lucien Hervé

  • Nadav Kander

  • Luisa Lambri

  • Simon Norfolk

  • Bas Princen

  • Ed Ruscha

  • Stephen Shore

  • Julius Shulman

  • Thomas Struth

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto

  • Guy Tillim

Also includes the work of iconic architects

  • Le Corbusier

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Minoru Yamasaki

  • Luis Barragán

  • Aldo Rossi

  • Pierre Koenig

  • Charles and Ray Eames

  • Daniel Libeskind

Image: Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery.

F R Yerbury: Representing Modern Architecture

Series: AA Collections Talk
Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014 : 18.30
Speaker: Andrew Higgott


F R Yerbury was the Secretary of the AA early in the 20th century and was effective, along with Principal Howard Robertson, in creating the professional School that continues to this day. But he had in parallel a second career as an architectural photographer - during the 1920s and early 30s he travelled extensively throughout Europe, photographing whatever was new. Working in this founding period of Modernism, his work was published in a series of books and over 150 articles, and was influential in introducing much modern architecture to the English-speaking world. Yerbury was an untrained but instinctive photographer, and created powerful architectural images: this lecture will discuss how his project of recording new building transcended the documentary, and gives us insight into the architectural issues and debates of the period.

The AA Photo Library possesses the archive of his photographs and an exhibition of some of Yerbury’s best work will be on show in the Photo Library Gallery at the time of the lecture.

Andrew Higgott taught architectural history and theory at the AA from 1989 to 2002, and at the University of East London and elsewhere; earlier he was the AA’s photograph librarian. His publications include Mediating Modernism: architectural cultures in Britain (2007) and Camera Constructs: photography architecture and the modern city (2012).  

Free event. AA Members and general public all welcome.
No RSVP required

Following the talk a drinks reception will be held in the AA Photo Library Corridor, 37 Bedford Square

Image: Le Corbusier’s Villa Stein de Monzie, Garches: photographed by Yerbury 1929

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