Ceci nʻest pas une reverie (This is not a dream) is both a retrospective and a reexamination of Stanley Tigerman’s architectural concepts. Throughout the exhibition his work is organized in relation to nine themes, which single out certain leitmotifs of his thought since 1960: Utopia, Allegory, Humor, Death, Division, (Dis)Order, Identity, Yaleiana, and Drift. Tigerman has always insisted on the transitory nature of architectural interpretations, and on the spiritual and ethical value of ambivalence. This exhibition builds on the playful, oneiric, and surrealist undercurrents apparent in this work.
A Chicago native Stanley Tigerman has designed numerous buildings and installations throughout North America, Western Europe and Asia, and has delivered many hundreds of lectures around the world. He has been a visiting professor and served on advisory committees at several prestigious schools of architecture, including Yale and Harvard, and he was Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago for eight years. In 1994 he co-founded with Eva Maddox ARCHEWORKS, a school and “socially oriented design laboratory,” in Chicago.
Tigerman’s work has earned him critical acclaim and countless awards, especially in Chicago, where he was born and where his practice has flourished for more than a half-century. The work of his firm has been exhibited in major galleries and art museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Curator Emmanuel Petit is Associate Professor in the Yale School of Architecture. He received his MA and a Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University (2001, 2006), and an MArch from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH, 1998). He is editor of Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change, published by Yale University Press in 2009, and made possible in part by an institutional grant from the Graham Foundation; the book received an “Independent Publisher Book Award,” which “Recognizes Excellence in Independent Publishing.” He is editor of Stanley Tigerman’s Schlepping Through Ambivalence (New Haven: Yale Press, 2011). His essays have appeared in JSAH, Log (ANY Corporation), Thesis (Bauhaus), Trans (ETH), Thresholds (MIT), Archithese, Perspecta, and Constructs (Yale), as well as in a number of exhibition catalogues (V&A London, MAK Vienna, Vauban Luxembourg). He is guest curator of the current exhibition at Yale An Architect’s Legacy: James Stirling’s Students at Yale, 1959-83; co-curator of Peter Eisenman’s exhibition Barefoot on White-Hot Walls at the Museum for Applied Art in Vienna (2004).
See also: Displacement: Stanley Tigerman