BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention

Towers at Dusk, Marina City, Chicago, IL, c. 1965.  Photograph © Hedrich Blessing Archive, Chicago History Museum
23/11/2011
BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention
Exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago [CHICAGO] USA Until, January 15/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Towers at Dusk, Marina City, Chicago, IL, c. 1965. Photograph © Hedrich Blessing Archive, Chicago History Museum
The noise of the great exhibitions often overshadow other less mediatic but also very interesting as is the case, "BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention" which is being held at the Art Institute of Chicago and will remain open until January 15, 2012.

Drawn from the museum’s Bertrand Goldberg collection and archives, the Harvard Art Museums, and several private collections, the exhibition features over 100 original architectural drawings, models, photographs, and little-known examples of his graphic and furniture design. The trajectory of this thematic exploration of Goldberg’s work mirrors the changing priorities of American culture at large: his early work with prefabrication and low-cost housing, his projects for middle class leisure culture in the 1950s, his expanded engagement with new cultural programs throughout the 1960s, and then finally his large-scale projects for hospitals and urban planning in his later practice.

Goldberg developed relationships with some of the most prominent modern architects in the United States including Buckminster Fuller, George Fred Keck, and his mentor, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. As his practice increased in scale, Goldberg’s alternative urban model for “the city within a city” found a strong following of international architects and critics including Reyner Banham, the Japanese Metabolists, and members of the British Archigram group. A fitting homage to one of Chicago’s great builders, this exhibition showcases Goldberg’s work at its most inventive and progressive, and resonates with...read more

Photograph: Clark-Maple Gasoline Service Station, Chicago, IL, 1938.  Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.Photograph: Exterior View of the Health Sciences Center, c. 1975.  Gil Amiaga, courtesy of the Goldberg Family.Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997. Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY, Axonometric View, c. 1974.  Graphite and marker on tracing paper. The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/134.2,390.Bertrand Goldberg & Associates American, circa 1952-1997. Drawn by: Zbigniew Z. Ciancara American, 20th century Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY, Early Perspective, 1971-1973.  Marker on paper 43 x 76.6 cm. Gift of Bertrand Goldberg, 1982.640Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997. Northwestern University Institute of Psychiatry, Chicago, IL, Cutaway Isometric View, 1971-1972.  Ink and zip-a-tone on tracing paper 106.7 x 76 cm. The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/103.1Vista exterior de Prentice Women’s Hospital, c. 1975. Fotografía @ Hedrich Blessing, cortesía de Chicago History Museum.Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997. Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago, IL, Early Perspective, c. 1970.  Gouache on board 54 x 74 cm The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/103.3Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997. Prentice Women's Hospital: Floor Plan, n.d.  The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/103.22.Photograph: View of Marina City from across the Chicago River. c. 1965.  Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.Photograph: Marina City Balcony and Parking Garage Details. Cabanban.Photograph: View of Marina City Restaurant and Marina by Night, n.d.  Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.View of Marina City Model Apartments, 1962. Photograph © Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997 Marina City, Chicago, IL, East Elevation, 1960  Graphite on paper 55.9 x 86.4 cm The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/75.55Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997 Marina City Detroit, Aerial Perspective, n.d.  Blackline print on paper 36.1 x 57.2 cm The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/35.1Photograph: Night View of Astor Tower, c. 1963. Orlando R. Cabanban, courtesy of the Goldberg Family.Bertrand Goldberg American, 1913-1997 Astor Tower, Chicago, IL, Floor Plan, c. 1960  Graphite on paper 56.4 x 86.3 cm Delineated by R.A.B. Job no. 657-261 The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/7.212Photograph: Portrait of Bertrand Goldberg, 1967.  Don Bronstein, courtesy of the Goldberg Family.

GOLDBERG

Bertrand Goldberg (1913) is an American architect settled in Chicago and active since 1937. He studied in Harvard in 1930. In 1932 he decided to go to Berlin to study in the Bauhaus until 1933, time he worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Homeward in the USA, he received his diploma in the Armour Intitute of Technology of Chicago in 1934.

In 1937, he opened h...read more