NEWARK , July 21, 2000 - Beginning October 19th, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a month-long exhibition, "The Language of Michael Graves: Architecture and Product Design," a retrospective of Graves' work. The free exhibition, open to the public, will be held from October 19 through November 19, 2000 in the Main Gallery of the New Jersey School of Architecture, Weston Hall, 367 MLK Boulevard in Newark.

The exhibition illustrates the Princeton-based architect's diverse practice through drawings, models, and photographs of buildings throughout the world, as well as a wide variety of consumer products. Architectural projects include the Denver Central Library, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague, and the Miramar Hotel on the Red Sea in Egypt, among others.

"This retrospective recognizes the long-standing relationship between NJIT and Michael Graves," said Urs Gauchat, dean of the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT. In 1991, Graves was awarded an honorary doctorate from NJIT for his contributions to the world of design. His work at NJIT includes Laurel Hall-the newest residence-and a master plan to unify the design of the campus.

Central to the exhibition will be a large-scale wooden construction entitled, "Archaic Landscape." The construction, along with the paintings and sketches that accompany it, illustrate Graves' explorations of the language of architecture and relationships between buildings and landscape.

Also represented is a variety of products illustrating the breadth of Graves' design practice-from tabletop items for Alessi to consumer electronics for the Target Stores. The drawings, models, and prototypes shown alongside the products provide insight into the design process.

Graves received the President's National Medal of Arts Award in 1999. He was recently honored by House Beautiful Magazine as one of the "Giants of Design."

Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11- 4, Saturday, 12 - 4. For information about the opening benefit preview, group tours, or directions call 973-596-5566 or 973-596-3080. Convenient parking is available in the NJIT parking deck.

NJIT has the eighth largest school of architecture in the US. NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science.


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