Eisenman, Peter, 1932-....

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American architect, educator and theoretician, Peter Eisenman founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City in 1967. Critics of that time dubbed him one of the New York Five (along with Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, and Richard Meier), a loose, theoretical and aesthetic grouping of New York architects that presaged Post-Modernism. The Corbusier-inspired design of House VI, Eisenman's sixth house design, signals the formalist aesthetic of that school.

Commissioned by Suzanne and Dick Frank in 1972 for a site in Cornwall, Connecticut and built in 1975, it was the most polemical of his designs to date. Published widely, the house thus garnered both recognition and controversy for Eisenman.

Many critics considered House VI, also known as the Frank House, Eisenman's most important work. It certainly generated considerable dialogue within the architecture community among architects, critics and historians. John Hejduk described the residence as the "second canonical De Stijl house," a reference to Gerrit Rietveld's Neo-Plastic Schroeder House, although Eisenman took issue with this conclusion, describing House VI instead as an "inversion" of De Stijl design. Critics have noted Eisenman's attempt to marry linguistic theory to design; his interest in Noam Chomsky's theory of syntax and transformational grammar is particularly evident in the series of "transformational" axonometric drawings he made of House VI.

Several of the design drawings in this collection appear in Suzanne Frank's book, Peter Eisenman's House VI: the client's response, published in 1994.

From the guide to the Peter Eisenman architectural drawings for House VI, 1972, (Getty Research Institute)

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referencedIn Association of Turkish Architects 1927. "Any Time" : the international meetings on architecture, 14-17 June 1998, Turkey : organized by the Association of Turkish Architects 1927 : sponsored by Tepe Construction, 1998. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Rossi, Aldo, 1931-1997. Papers, 1954-1988. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Eisenman, Peter, 1932-. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Righter, James V. (James Volney). Illustrated journal/sketchbook, 1974 March 18-1976 Jan. 23. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Avery Library. Dept. of Drawings & Archives. Avery Library centennial drawings archive, 1930-1991. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Centre canadien d'architecture. Cités de l'archéologie fictive : oeuvres de Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988 = Cities of artificial excavation : the work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988 : exhibition publications, 1994. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Eisenman Architects. Peter Eisenman : vertical file. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Eisenman, Peter, 1932- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Phil and Maddy Handler papers, 1963-2011. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Eisenman, Peter, 1932-. [Peter Eisenman : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Rossi, Aldo, 1931-1997. Aldo Rossi papers, 1954-1988. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. The International style in perspective : sound recordings; 1980 Apr. 16-17. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Handler, Philip S. (Philip Stephan), 1940-. Phil and Maddy Handler papers, 1963-2011. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Eisenman, Peter, 1932-. [Presentation model of the University Art Museum of the California State University at Long Beach]. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Eisenman, Peter, 1932-. Choragic Monument to Twentieth Century Architecture : competition documents, 1990. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Righter, James V. (James Volney). Illustrated journal/sketchbook, 1979 July 16-1981 Dec. 12. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Anyone Corporation. Anyone Corporation fonds, 1990-2001. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Peter Eisenman architectural drawings for House VI, 1972 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies Fonds, 1965-1985. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel collection, 1976-1999. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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associatedWith Anyone Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Avery Library. Dept. of Drawings & Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith California State University, Long Beach. University Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. person
associatedWith Eisenman Architects corporateBody
associatedWith Eisenman/Robertson Architects. corporateBody
associatedWith Frank, Dick person
associatedWith Frank, Suzanne S. (Suzanne Shulof) person
associatedWith Handler, Philip S. (Philip Stephan), 1940- person
associatedWith Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. corporateBody
associatedWith House Six (Cornwall, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith House VI (Cornwall, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies corporateBody
associatedWith Philip S.(Philip Stephan), Handler 1940- person
associatedWith Righter, James V. (James Volney) person
associatedWith Rossi, Aldo, 1931-1997. person
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Cornwall (Conn.)—Buildings, structures, etc
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Architecture, Domestic--United States
Architecture, Postmodern--United States--Connecticut
Architecture--Connecticut--Cornwell--20th century
Architecture, Postmodern--Designs and plans
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Birth 1932-08-11

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