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GSAPP in Chicago

Fri, Oct 28, 2022    5pm

Pidgeon Audio Visual: Architects Speak for Themselves

You are invited to a special curator-led walkthrough for Chicago-based students and prospective GSAPP applicants with alumna Florencia Alvarez Pacheco, who is joined by Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta, co-directors of the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) program at Columbia GSAPP.

Friday, October 28, 2022

  • 5 p.m. Walk through with curator Florencia Alvarez Pacheco
  • 6 p.m. Introductory talk by Alvarez Pacheco, followed by a conversation with Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta
  • Reception to follow

Please register to join the talk and reception

The walkthrough is followed by a reception and introductory remarks to celebrate the opening of the Graham Foundation exhibition Pidgeon Audio Visual: Architects Speak for Themselves. Mining the Pidgeon Audio Visual (PAV) series—a collection of over 200 mail order tape/slide talks initiated in 1979 by renowned editor of London-based magazine Architectural Design, Monica Pidgeon—this exhibition features a selection of the talks and accompanying slide presentations by leading architects and designers produced between 1979 and 1989. At the Graham, talks by Reyner Banham, Roberto Burle Marx, Charles Correa, Balkrishna V. Doshi, Frank Gehry, Myron Goldsmith, Zaha Hadid, Lawrence Halprin, Kisho Kurokawa, Esther McCoy, Cedric Price, James Wines and Alison Sky (SITE), Alison & Peter Smithson, Stanley Tigerman, and Anne Tyng will be shown in their original format on slide projectors, with synchronized audio accessed on personal mobile devices. Drawing from the archives of Royal Institute of British Architects; the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; and the Graham Foundation—which supported Pidgeon and PAV with a grant in 1983—the exhibition looks at the PAV series as an alternative education platform and a new model for the development and distribution of ideas in architecture and design.

The Graham Foundation
Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL
Learn more about the exhibition

Florencia Alvarez Pacheco is an architect and curator who teaches at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires. She holds a master’s degree in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University, GSAPP. She was assistant exhibitions coordinator at the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery where she acted as assistant curator for Environmental Communications: Contact High, Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game, Les Levine: Bio-Tech Rehearsals, 1965–1975, and cocurator for Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation, and Detox USA among other exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the Istanbul Design Biennial, and LAXART. Her research focuses on the implications and challenges of diverse techno-pedagogical experiences from the postwar period at the convergence of politics, education, and media.