Haystack’s Architecture: Vision & Legacy commemorates Edward Larrabee Barnes’s important project in Deer Isle

Haystack’s Architecture: Vision & Legacy, Haystack’s summer exhibition at its Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle village, opened on July 3, 2011, and will remain on view through September 11, and by appointment from September 12 to October 15. The exhibition was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Haystack’s campus; other events are planned to mark this important milestone. Architect Carol A. Wilson, FAIA from Falmouth in Maine is curating the exhibition.

Haystack’s Architecture: Vision & Legacy examines the impact – through drawings, models, and writings by leading architects in the US – of Haystack’s architecture and its architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes (1915-2004).

Haystack’s Deer Isle campus was recognized as an outstanding example of Modernist architecture by the American Institute of Architects in 1994 with the presentation of the organization’s Twenty-Five Year Award. It is one of only 41 buildings in the US to achieve this distinction. Others include Rockefeller Center, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Guggenheim Museum, and the East Building of the National Gallery. In 2006, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a building of national significance. Edward Larrabee Barnes was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was posthumously awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2007.

In her curator’s statement, Carol Wilson talks about the influence of Barnes’s work and vision on generations of American architects, including herself. An excerpt reads, “As a Maine architect, Haystack’s architecture sets a standard, not only for timelessness, but also as an example, even in 2011, of problems we should be solving and innovative ways of seeing and building.” She goes on to explain that, “The inspiration and lessons learned from Barnes and his work at Haystack are the basis for this summer’s exhibition.”

The show features designs by Randy Brown Architects, James Carpenter Design Associates Inc., Mark Cavagnero Associates, Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Bruce S. Fowle FAIA of FXFOWLE, architect Christopher Glass, Peter Hamilton Architects, architect Toshiko Mori; Bruce Norelius Studio, STELLEARCHITECTS, Studio Ma, and Carol A. Wilson, FAIA.

For more information, please visit www.haystack-mtn.org/Exhibitions.php.