Loading Events

Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature

Event Details

Event Category:
Exhibitions
Location:
SMoCA
Organization:
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Time:
12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Info / Tickets
 

SMoCA unveils an unprecedented retrospective of seminal American artist and architect Paolo Soleri (1919 – 2013). Over his sixty-year career, Soleri explored countless possibilities for the urban built environment in drawings, architectural models, sketchbooks, sculptures, prints and photographs. His pioneering idea “arcology,” or the fusion of architecture and ecology, was revolutionary in the 1940s. It remains fundamentally tied to today’s pressing debates about sustainable cities, suburban sprawl, climate change, renewable energy and water shortages.

The City is Nature spans the breadth of Soleri’s ideas and practice, bringing together elements from his built and unbuilt residences, bridges, dams, cities and transportation systems. In addition to original drawings, models and sketchbooks, the exhibition surveys the artist’s earliest ceramic and bronze artisan crafts, as well as fabric designs and silkscreens. It also investigates Soleri’s personal engagement with the art and architecture of his time, his relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, his influence on the American counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, and his impact on two generations of American architects and artists.

This exhibition represents the largest collection of original drawings, fragile sketchbooks, architectural models, sculptures, prints and photographs presented in North America since 1971. Large scroll drawings—some over 30 feet long—will be presented for the first time since their conservation in 2005. Finally, experiential multimedia content will introduce visitors to the experimental communities Soleri founded in Arizona—Cosanti and Arcosanti.

Back to Calendar
http://goo.gl/99MyaJ" target="_blank"> Visit Barrett-Jackson leaderboard

Recent Stories

Sanctuary Showcases Arizona Talents

Sanctuary Showcases Arizona Talents

The boutique resort continues Artist in Residence series benefiting local artists

Tracey and Larry Lytle at the Helm of Galaxy Gala MMXVIII

Tracey and Larry Lytle at the Helm of Galaxy Gala MMXVIII

Arizona Science Center gala to transport guests to 79 A.D. for A Night in Pompeii

Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Awards $75K Grant to Duet

Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Awards $75K Grant to Duet

Funds to support health, well-being services for homebound adults

Camerone Elise Parker and Dr. Robert Reid McCulloch

Camerone Elise Parker and Dr. Robert Reid McCulloch

Oak Creek and red rocks of Sedona create majestic setting for wedding celebration

Back to Top