Jerome Markson exhibition and book launch at U of T

On Wednesday, January 29, the exhibition A Quite Individual Course: Jerome Markson, Architect opens at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. The evening also include a launch for the book Toronto’s Inclusive Modernity: The Architecture of Jerome Markson. The book is written by Laura Miller, who also designed and curated the accompanying exhibition. The event runs from 5:30-8 pm.

Jerome Markson’s diverse body of work is inextricably linked with – and contributed to – Toronto’s postwar emergence as a cosmopolitan city that is open to many ways of living. His nearly six-decade-long architectural practice began in a time of profound transformation in Canadian society. As his practice evolved, Markson’s architecture moved past late-Modernism’s formal rigidity in favour of an increasingly pluralistic formal, spatial, and material language, reflecting his pursuit of a more open and inclusive expression of modernity. His buildings and urban works were harbingers of important shifts in sociopolitical attitudes, urban policies, and modes of architectural production.

The exhibition A Quite Individual Course: Jerome Markson, Architect will focus upon selected works from Markson’s significant body of work on housing. From speculative homes in nascent suburbs, to bespoke private houses in established neighborhoods, to social housing in downtown Toronto, to luxury landmarks like the Market Square condominiums, Markson’s housing works were an essential part of his practice, reflecting his lifelong search for forms of inclusiveness in Canadian society. His architectural designs for multi-family housing were as attentive to the quality of the city that was being formed as they were to providing dwellings with a variety of layouts and living possibilities. His lively, sophisticated private houses created for a diverse array of clients reflect his experimentation with the format of the single-family house, materials, and architectural syntax.

Book author and exhibition curator Laura J. Miller is trained as an architect. She has had a diverse career as a designer, educator, and scholar. She was a member of the architecture faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for over a decade, and was the American Fellow in Architectural Design at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Architecture at the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, and directs the Faculty’s exhibition programs.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the opening. To attend, registration is requested here.

The exhibition is on display until March 13, 2020.

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