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Spotlight Talk: Architectural Drawings

Our current installation, Home as Site, features some of the blueprints and architectural drawings that are a part of WEM’s collection. In this spotlight talk, we took a closer look at the different kinds of two-dimensional works related to architecture in WEM’s collection and archives, discuss some of the important architects in Esherick’s circle, and share a few non-WEM resources related to site architecture.

Spotlight Talk: Anne Tyng, Geometric Architecture, and the Wharton Esherick 1956 Workshop

In 1956, Wharton Esherick built a workshop annex to his iconic studio-home. The new building was geometric, consisting of three hexagonal modules that were added onto the end of Esherick’s expressionist style log cabin garage. The design of the 1956 Workshop has long been credited as the collaborative work of Esherick and architect Louis Kahn. Enjoy a celebration a little-acknowledged contributor to the project: Anne Tyng, an architect who worked in Kahn’s office, in his shadow, for the better part of two decades. During this 20-minute program, we delve into design drawings, archival photographs, and oral history interviews to explore the ways in which Tyng’s lifelong passion for geometric architecture shaped the 1956 Workshop.

Creatives on Esherick: Sam Olshin and Lisa Dustin, Atkin Olshin Schade (AOS) Architects

Enjoy a conversation with Sam Olshin, FAIA and Lisa Dustin, AIA of Atkin Olshin Schade (AOS) Architects of Philadelphia, PA and Santa Fe, NM, both of whom worked closely with the Wharton Esherick Museum on a Campus Master Plan for WEM which was completed in 2020.

Current concepts for an enhanced campus envisioned with AOS include a new Visitor’s Center that blends into the landscape at the base of Valley Forge Mountain with space to exhibit contemporary artists in dialogue with Esherick’s legacy; restorations that will allow new public access to the Sunekrest farmhouse and the 1956 Workshop; and a terraced Ramble that will lead visitors through the woods connecting the lower and upper portions of the site. Renderings and watercolors from this project are currently on view at WEM in Home as Site, an installation exploring the physical nature and architecture of the WEM campus. We’ll talk with Sam and Lisa about their research and design process, how they worked in collaboration with Esherick’s legacy and the site’s extant architecture, and what it meant to rethink current spaces – and develop new ones – for WEM as the museum honors its 50th Anniversary year.

Rewind: Artist Talks, Events, & More

Spotlight Talk: Preserving Esherick’s Windows

Curator Conversations: Daring Design with Mark Sfirri

Creatives on Esherick: Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence

Curator Conversations: Daring Design with Laura Igoe

Spotlight Talk: Helene Fischer, Wharton Esherick, and Furniture as Sculpture

Spotlight Talk: Gifts

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s Bedroom

Spotlight Talk: The Holzhausen Curtains

Spotlight Talk: Marjorie Content Photographs

Creatives on Esherick: Christian Burchard

Curator Conversations: Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet with Jennifer-Navva Milliken

Spotlight Talk: Barnegat Bay Map

Wood And… Opening Reception

Curator Conversations: Exploring the American Craft Council Digital Collections with Beth Goodrich

Spotlight Talk: The Homemade Bandsaw

Creatives on Esherick: Jason Turnidge

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s Models

Creatives on Esherick: Aspen Golann

Creatives on Esherick: Sarah Watlington

Spotlight Talk: Material Combinations in the Studio

Curator Conversations: Stairways to Imagining with Mary Savig

Spotlight Talk: In the Garden with Wharton Esherick

Spotlight Talk: Wharton’s Printing Press

Curator Conversations: Woodworking, Labor, and Modernism with Holly Gore

Spotlight Talk: Esherick’s World’s Fair Chair

Curator Conversations: Homer, Esherick, and Interpreting Artists’ Studios with Diana Greenwold

Spotlight Talk: Henry Varnum Poor’s Portrait Plates

Creatives on Esherick: Keunho Peter Park

Spotlight Talk: Winter Woodcuts

Curator Conversations: Exploring Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Nonie Gadsden

Creatives on Esherick: Laura Mays

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