UO White Box hosts The Getty Sketchbooks exhibit


PORTLAND, Ore. -- (Jan. 11, 2010) - A new exhibition in Old Town will showcase the art of architects' drawings and diagrams for an educational center that is part of the Getty Museum. "The Getty Sketchbooks" will be on display at the UO in Portland's White Box Laboratory at 24 N.W. 1st Ave. from Jan. 25 through Feb. 19.

The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Thursday, Feb. 4. The reception will be followed by a free, public lecture with exhibit curator, Roger Sherwood, entitled "The Death of the Esquisse" from 7 to 8 p.m. in the event room at the UO in Portland, 70 N.W. Couch Ave.

In 1993, The Getty Museum, located in Malibu, Calif., held a competition for the renovation of the Getty Villa, an educational center and museum devoted to classical arts and culture. The Villa is associated with the museum to create an integrated cultural institution.

Six architectural firms were invited to compete for the commission of the Getty Villa project. The architects were asked to fill blank sketchbooks with drawings and notes conveying their vision for the master plan and design of the new expansion. Comprised of 21 painted aluminum panels, the exhibit presents reproductions of 200 sketches and drawings from the original books in the Getty Archives.

The exhibition documents the transformation of the Getty Villa site and shows how architects' sketchbooks were utilized in the competition to select the most appropriate design. Excerpts from personal interviews and an analysis of the concepts and design process of each architect and represented firm are included in the exhibit.

Machado and Silvetti Associates received the commission for the project. The other firms in the competition were Craig Hodgetts & Hsin-Ming Fung, Franklin D. Israel, Gerhard Kallmann & Michael McKinnell, Juan Navarro-Baldeweg and Alvaro Siza-Vieira.

Sherwood, emeritus professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, is the curator of "The Getty Sketchbooks" exhibition. Don Genasci, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, took the lead in bringing the show to Portland.

"It's a really wonderful exhibition," said Genasci. "It's one of those rare exhibits that shows how great architects work and think."

The exhibit was created with the support of a grant from the USC program Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

White Box hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through exhibitions and related educational and public programming, the White Box is a laboratory for the exploration of contemporary creativity and critical inquiry for students, faculty, visiting artists, architects, designers and scholars, and the Oregon community.

About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon's flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

Contact: Elizabeth Lamb, UO White Box coordinator, 503-412-3696, elamb@uoregon.edu. Written by Kate Kandall.
Source: Donald Genasci, professor of architecture, 503-223-8082, dgenasci@uoregon.edu
Links: http://www.getty.edu/visit/; http://aaa.uoregon.edu