“Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room” Exhibition to Open at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | arg@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-3617January 30, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — “Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room,” which opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on Feb. 7, is an exhibit of 40 original drawings, exploring Kahn’s concept that the room is a building block of architecture.

These drawings illustrate this concept with plans, elevations and perspectives of interiors and furnishings. Kahn had a unique vision for how spaces should be built, furnished, and inhabited.

Special events include gallery talks each Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and “Lou Kahn: Live,” a special presentation organized by William Whitaker, the curator of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, and Robert Twombly, professor of architectural history at City University of New York on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania.

Whitaker and Twombly will recreate a lecture by Louis Kahn, combining an original audiotape with slides from the architect’s collection. “The Making of a Room” runs at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., through March 29.

Arthur Ross Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends noon-5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Additional information is available at www.upenn.edu/ARG or 215-898-2083.