Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room

Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room, an exhibition organized around Kahn’s proclamation that “architecture comes from the making of a room,” will be on display at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery from February 7 through March 29. The exhibition explores Kahn’s concept of the room as the building block of architecture, showing the poetic considerations Kahn’s architectural philosophies lent to his development of interiors.


Forty of Kahn’s original drawings, many never before exhibited, illustrate this concept with plans, elevations, and perspectives of interiors and furnishings. The exhibition provides a new context for seeing Kahn’s work and understanding his unique vision for how spaces would be built, furnished, and inhabited. George H. Marcus, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the History of Art at Penn, notes that “many of the philosophies so often attributed to Kahn’s vision of his buildings are also applicable to his interiors.”


Gallery talks will be offered each Sunday at 1:30 pm, and gallery tours and guided visits will be available by appointment throughout the exhibition.


On March 3, Lou Kahn: Live, a special presentation organized by William Whitaker, Curator of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, and Robert Twombly, Professor of Architectural History at City University of New York, will recreate a lecture by Louis Kahn combining an original audio tape with slides from the architect’s collection. The program will begin at 6:00 pm in the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. To RSVP, please call 215.898.8323.


The Arthur Ross Gallery is located at 220 S. 34th Street in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building at the University of Pennsylvania. Admission is free. The Arthur Ross Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For more information about the Arthur Ross Gallery, please visit www.upenn.edu/ARG, e-mail arg@pobox.upenn.edu or call 215.898.2045.