previews

Santiago Calatrava, City of Arts and Sciences, Planetarium,
Camino de Las Moreras, Valencia, Spain
1991-2004 (estimated)

Seattle

Santiago Calatrava

Henry Art Gallery
15th Avenue NE & NE 41st Street
July 16–October 10

Curated by Jordan Howland and Kirsten Kiser

Santiago Calatrava’s design for the new PATH train station at Ground Zero brings a welcome sense of lightness to a district saddled with monumentalizing a tragedy. In a signature Calatrava gesture, the station’s expressive structure extends beyond the building envelope, fanning across the sky like reeds in the breeze. This implication of gentle motion will be actualized every September 11, when the glass roof opens to offer an unimpeded view of sky. Such evocative marriages of skeletonic morphology and transportation infrastructure form the core of Calatrava’s oeuvre. This midcareer survey assembles over sixty artifacts from his twenty-year practice, including models, watercolors, photographs, video walk-throughs, and a catalogue that reproduces his design sketches.