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The Making of an Avant-Garde

16 November 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square
New York

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies was founded in 1967 in New York as an independent, not-for-profit organization that emerged from the architectural, cultural, and political climate of the time. The May ’68 revolution in Paris, the anti-war riots in the US and abroad, the Women’s movement as well as the crime-ridden and bankrupt New York City of the 1970’s created fertile ground for the Institute as the most important American and International center for architectural debate and the development of new and critical ideas, a crossroad in the path of rethinking architectural discourse. At the Institute, the Avant-garde was being produced.

"The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984" documents the founding and influence of the Institute as told through interviews with some of the most renowned architects of today. Contextualized by the director's own archival footage as well as a rich and abundant portrayal of the period, the Institute’s leaders and most active participants (many of whom who were hardly known then) tell compelling stories about the creation and existence of The Institute as well as personal experiences that were never made public before.

Featuring: Peter Eisenman, founder and director of the IAUS, Diana Agrest, Mario Gandelsonas, Kenneth Frampton, Anthony Vidler, Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Emilio Ambasz, Deborah Berke, Suzanne Stephens, Robert Stern, Mark Wigley, Bernard Tschumi, Joan Ockman, Paul Lewis, Lucia Allais and others.

The film, which was written, produced, and directed by Diana Agrest, premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in June 2013.

Diana Agrest is an internationally renowned architect distinguished for her unique and pioneering approach to architecture and urban design practice and theory. She is a founding partner of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects and professor of architecture at The Cooper Union. Her theoretical and built projects range from urban designs, housing complexes and master plans to single family residences and interiors in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.

This screening is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space. Please note first come, first seated; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.