The Architecture of Reassurance:
Designing the Disney Theme Parks
May 13-August 2, 1998
From the moment it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has been a key symbol of contemporary American culture, both celebrated and attacked as the ultimate embodiment of consumer society and as the impetus for the blurring of distinctions between reality and mass-media imagery. This exhibition presents for the first time an exploration of the multiple myths of Disneyland and its far-flung offspring parks in Florida, Japan and France. "The Architecture of Reassurance" follows the layout of the parks themselves, and consists of over 350 objects from the visual archives of Walt Disney Imagineering, including plans, drawings, paintings and models, the majority of which have never been seen in public. Curated by Karal Ann Marling, Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the exhibition will be accompanied by a 224-page, illustrated catalogue. The exhibition was organized with the extraordinary cooperation of Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Attractions, and The Walt Disney Company. For more information, read our on-line press release.
The Creative Mind from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing
April 28-July 12, 1998
By exploring the character, depth and range of Robert Adam's architectural creativity and his role in developing a modern architectural practice in the 18th-century, this exhibition seeks to understand the process of translation from Adam's design sketches to the splendid presentation drawings of the highly skilled draughtsmen he employed. Sixty-three drawings by Robert Adam and his brother James, as well as by such influential artists and architects as Piranesi, Clérisseau, Zucchi, Lallemand and Manocchi will be included in the exhibition which is divided into five thematic sections: Adam in Italy; Country Houses; Town Buildings; Public Architecture; and the Adam Office. This exhibition was organized by the Sir John Soane's Museum, London. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. For more information, read our on-line press release.