Jim Olson: Architecture for Art – A Retrospective Exhibit

“Jim Olson: Architecture for Art” is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, one of the Northwest’s most significant architects and founder of Olson Kundig Architects. The exhibit travels to the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washington next spring (exhibit opens March 10, 2013).

Originally organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University, the exhibit provides a retrospective of Olson’s first fifty years in architecture, highlighting his residential legacy, including his own homes—an apartment in downtown Seattle and his cabin on Puget Sound—as well as his public design work, which encompasses the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washington, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Pike & Virginia Building in Seattle, and the architecture for the Noah’s Art Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Along with the projects themselves, the exhibition explores the artistic, cultural, natural and personal influences that have made his career so highly regarded by his peers and sought after by clients. “Architecture for Art” includes a range of materials that showcase Olson’s process, including notebooks and ephemera, original sketches and drawings, stunning large-scale photo displays, and models. Original art work from selected residences, as well as a custom-designed art installation provides visitors with a first-hand experience of Olson’s use of space and collaboration with art.

“Architecture for Art” was originally shown at the Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman from September 30 to December 10, 2011. For additional information about the Museum of Art at Washington State University, visit museum.wsu.edu.

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