Finally, New York City gets a Lebbeus Woods exhibition! Lebbeus Woods, Architect, the monumental retrospective put on by SFMOMA last year, is traveling east to Manhattan's Drawing Center in Soho. The show, which runs April 17 to June 15, comprises 175 drawings by the late visionary, whose twisting, ruptured buildings combined conceptual profundity with probing morality—and whose fantastical cityscapes sought to overturn social hierarchies.
Except for the Light Pavilion, which resides in Chengdu, China, Woods's experimental works exist only on paper—in the realm of the proposed and imagined. And the sweeping breadth of graphite drawings that make up Lebbeus Woods, Architect document a complex world of possibilities.
Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995; graphite and pastel on paper; 14 1/2 in. x 23 in. x 3/4 in; Collection SFMOMA
Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, from the series Centricity, 1988; graphite on paper; 24 in. x 22 in. (60.96 cm x 55.88 cm); Collection SFMOMA
The exhibition not only focuses on Woods's reputation for pushing boundaries, but also on the motif of transformation throughout his work. The career-long narrative that unfolds illuminates the parallels between society’s physical and psychological constructions, and how these structures transform our physical and mental being.
The exhibition is currently at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, through March 2 and will run from April 17 to June 15 at the Drawing Center in New York. We can't wait.