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"Selections from the Collection Fonds Regional d Art Contemporain du Centre, Orleans, France"
2001-02-08 until 2001-03-17
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, NY, USA

The exhibition is opening at three venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is being co-sponsored by Pratt Institute, Thread-Waxing Space and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and will run from February 8 through March 17. This is the first time major portions of the F.R.A.C. collection have been exhibited in the United States.

Yona Friedman, a French architect known for his intriguing research into architectural form and structure, will give a lecture Thursday, February 8, 2001, at 5:30 p.m., Higgins Hall South, 65 St. James Place, Brooklyn, New York. Following the lecture, the Fonds Régional d‚Art Contemporain du Centre (F.R.A.C.) exhibition, which includes some of Mr. Friedman's most provocative work, will open at the Schafler Gallery, one block away at 200 Willoughby Avenue.

The F.R.A.C. exhibition in New York will contain over one hundred architectural models, drawings and documents selected from the extensive and well-known collection located in Orléans, France. The collection represents an investigation into post World War II experimental architecture that explores concepts of utopia, multiplicity and ideal structure in architecture and urbanism. Much of the work in the collection spans diverse disciplines -- philosophy, psychology, engineering, and art -- and has been extremely influential in art and architecture. The exhibition in New York will incorporate selected work from the 1950's to the 1990's done by Claude Parent, Paul Virilio, Peter Cook, Shigaru Ban, Pascal Hausermann, Archilab, Ionel Schein, Andre Bloc, Coop Himmelblau, Zaha Hadid, Eric Owen Moss, Ben Van Berkel, Antoine Stinco, and Yona Friedman.

There will also be a symposium in connection with the exhibition on February 10, 2001, 3:00 p.m., at the Puck Building, Pratt-Manhattan. The founder of the F.R.A.C. collection, Frederic Migayrou, and the current director of that collection, Marie-Ange Brayer, as well as Felicity Scott, Pascal Hausermann and Odile Decq, will be featured speakers.


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