April 3, 2018


World ArchitectureSteven Holl Architects has opened its new exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New York, presenting the firm's nine recent projects - among them the Arts Building at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, The Kennedy Center Expansion, Washington D.C. the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Maggie’s Cancer Care Center in London. 

The studio shared the first images from the exhibition with World Architecture Community, taking a closer look at Holl's "worth-seeing" models and the process of making in architecture and urbanism. 

The exhibition, curated by Nina Stritzler-Levine- the director of the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City, is titled "Steven Holl: Making Architecture" and exploring Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models and related sketches and other studies created for these nine projects. 

Steven Holl: Making Architecture opened on February 10 and will be on view until July 15, 2018 at the Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery of Dorsky Museum in New York. 

"Steven Holl, one of the world’s foremost architects, has realized numerous commissions from private houses to major urban projects. Despite the demands of a highly successful office, he has managed to maintain the integrity and quality of his work by resisting corporatization. His practice reveals an inextricable link between his art and architecture," said the museum in its exhibition statement. 

"Holl draws with watercolors everyday, a solitary and hermetic practice from which each of his projects emerges. He also develops conceptual ideas in sculpture," the museum added.

"Steven Holl: Making Architecture" represents the first major consideration of the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of Holl’s recent architecture, including many projects still under construction. It collects approximately 100 presentation models, study models and watercolor sketches created for eleven recent projects, including: Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Hunters Point Community Library, Queens, N.Y. Exploration of IN house on the architect’s property in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Institute of Contemporary Art, Richmond, Va. and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in London.

"The exhibition intends to bring visitors inside Holl’s creative process, and demonstrate his progression from representation to built object. Models will be shown in close proximity to unframed drawings placed simply on table, in a process-oriented display emphasizing thinking, making and reflecting," explained the museum.

Holl is also featured as a part of The Dorsky Museum’s “Hudson Valley Masters” series, an ongoing presentation of in-depth exhibitions focusing on single artists from the region. 

These are accompanied by scholarly catalogues that become part of a permanent archive documenting the region’s rich contemporary art scene. Previous Hudson Valley Masters include Dick Polich, Robert Morris, Don Nice, Leslie Dill, Judy Pfaff and Carolee Schneemann.

All images courtesy of Dorsky Museum