You Are Here: Architecture and Experience
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” With this simple statement, Winston Churchill brilliantly conveyed our complex relationship to architecture: The physical forms of buildings are subject to their designers’ control, but the impact the built environment has on us is unpredictable, subjective, and often indefinable. You Are Here brings together work by two artists who take different approaches to exploring our engagement with the architectural world. German photographer Candida Höfer’s lush color photographs of historic and contemporary cultural spaces absorb the viewer with both their scale and detail. Employing the seemingly disparate media of video and etching, French-born Cyprien Gaillard probes the messy, charged legacy of the Modernist housing block abroad. At once disjunctive and complementary, these two bodies of work capture the constant oscillation between what we make of our buildings, and what they make of us.
This exhibition is organized by Tracy Myers, curator of architecture at the Heinz Architectural Center.
The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.