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Robert Venturi, United States Pavilion - Expo ’92, Seville, Spain, 1989, competition entry, airbrush and colored plastic film on foamcore, 30 x 60".

Philadelphia

The Architecture and Design of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
June 10–August 5, 2001

Hopes are high that this show, the first major retrospective of Robert Venturi’s career, will answer the prickliest question about pomo architecture’s Patient Zero: Is there anything in his buildings that can match wits with the sharp and influential rhetoric of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) or Learning from Las Vegas (1972)? With free access to the firm’s archives, PMA curator Kathryn Hiesinger, in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania scholars David Brownlee and David DeLong, brings together some 250 drawings, models, photos, videos, and pieces of furniture representing Venturi’s work from 1958 on—which gives fans and doubters alike a chance to connect words with deeds.