Carnegie Museum of Art exhibit explores meanings of home
This watercolor and pencil on card of an apartment house circa 1890 is part of "Imagining Home: Selections from the Heinz Architectural Center." The architect was Henry J. Hardenbergh and the delineator was Hughson Hawley.
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With "Imagining Home," opening today in Carnegie Museum of Art's Heinz Architectural Center, curator Tracy Myers has tapped the center's home design collection for an exhibit meant to reveal ways in which home has been envisioned over the past 200 years.
Featuring more than 125 drawings, models, books and games, the exhibit "encourages us to contemplate the question of what 'home' means to each of us, and how our answers influence the ways in which we fashion our personal environments," Ms. Myers said.
"Imagining Home" explores a range of residential styles, innovative construction technologies, interiors and company-built housing, as well as how the contemporary house has evolved over time. Architectural models, drawings and other objects from the collection are supplemented by photography, video and two new works of installation art. One is a habitable sculpture by Sheila Klein; the other, by Wendy Osher, explores how the convenience of prepared foods affects the symbolic value of home cooking.
No opening-weekend activities are planned, but a House-Warming Weekend begins March 26 with "Architects and Clients: Building Images of Home," a presentation of homes designed by Pittsburgh architects Jennifer Lucchino and Freddie Croce, Grant Scott and Eric Fisher (6 to 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the CMA Theater; free and followed by a reception).
During March 27's Activity Day, museum-goers can bring in photos of their homes or yards for free 15-minute consultations with architects, landscape architects and interior designers from the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh's RenPlan program. Sign up in advance by calling the RenPlan program coordinator at 412-391-4333.
Also on March 27 in the "Ready, Set, Design!" activity, visitors can open a mystery door to reveal a design challenge, look for ideas in the exhibition galleries and then visit work stations where they can transform their visions into small-scale design solutions
First Published February 27, 2010 12:00 am