New York

Jude Tallichet

Sara Meltzer Gallery

If Buckminster Fuller had got his way, midtown Manhattan today would find itself under a giant geodesic dome. The utopist engineer’s 1962 proposal for such a structure (meant to protect urban dwellers against smog and, given the cold war, perhaps even nuclear fallout) represents the kind of vision—partly idealistic, partly pragmatic—to which Jude Tallichet pays homage in her recent show “Left.” Architecture is presented here as being equally capable of accommodating forward-looking theories and pure utilitarian necessity. A wide swath of its history—from the low-lying Mongolian yurt to Ted Kaczynski’s Montanan shack—is referenced by way of iconic examples.

“Left” comprises eight beige, unpainted, sandblasted-Plexiglas models of familiar building types (a barn, a pyramid, three teepees) and a few definitive landmarks (e.g., Fuller’s Single and Double Domes) that rest on gray Plexiglas islands,

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