Internationally Renowned Architect Featured in Albuquerque Museum Exhibition

Pantheon Slice, Rome, Italy
Antoine Predock

Whether capturing a site visited on one of his globe-trotting trips, or imagining one of his buildings, Antoine Predock's sketches trace the hand's intuitive rush across a surface, condensing a rich sensorium of perceptions and experiences into memorably succinct collations of line and color. Visitors to the Albuquerque Museum will see nearly 200 sketches, some still in their original sketchbooks, and dozens of models, some carved by hand, others digitally 3-D printed.

Co-curated by Christopher Mead and Mira Woodson, Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock makes a case for the continued relevance of drawings made by hand in our increasingly electronic world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by University of New Mexico Press, Drawing Into Architecture: The Sketches of Antoine Predock, edited by Mead and designed by Woodson.

As a student in the 1950's at the University of New Mexico, Predock regularly drifted from the architecture program (in Engineering) over to the Art Department to study with the sculptor and painter John Tatschl, and the painters Elaine De Kooning and Walter Kulhman. These artists showed Predock how seeing and making ran together in a dialogue between visuality and materiality mediated by the human body: as De Kooning explained at the time, "painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." Carved by hand with a knife, in place of a drawing's pen or brush, Predock's clay models use a sculptural material to painterly effect, shaping form and space into planes of solid and void.

On Saturday, June 25, Drawing Into Architecture opens to the public with a visit from the architect himself. At 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend a discussion between guest curator Christopher Mead and Antoine Predock. Other events on opening day include:
1-4pm. Family Art Activity: Create your own art inspired by Antoine Predock's work.
2-5pm. Art in the Afternoon: featuring music by New Mexican Marimba Band.
All events are included with the price of admission.

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5pm, closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9am-1pm, from 9am-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5-8pm on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month. Fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times.

For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.