Intriguing Anne Tyng Ar’75 show opens this Thursday at the ICA

Exhibition model by Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, 2010.

It’s not unusual for me to be excited about an upcoming exhibition – and really, what kind of arts blogger doesn’t get excited about that sort of thing? – but I’ve been especially looking forward to Anne Tyng’s Inhabiting Geometry show, which opens at the Institute of Contemporary Art this Thursday.

Apparently Tyng – who holds a PhD from Penn in Architecture and taught at the University for 27 years – has created a gallery-sized model that “embodies her thinking about geometry over the last half century.” Well-known in the field for her geometrical designs, Tyng worked closely with architect Louis Kahn Ar’24 Hon’71 in the 1950s and went on to pioneer “habitable space-frame architecture.” (Anne is also the mother of Alexandra Tyng GEd’77, whose work I have previously featured on this blog.)

I’m planning to attend the exhibition walkthrough with Tyng and the exhibition’s curators later this week. Stay tuned for some video footage!

The show runs through March 20, 2011, and on March 19, the ICA will host a $20 bus trip to visit Tyng’s architecture in and around the city. (Stops include Bryn Mawr College’s Erdman Hall and the Wharton Eseherick Studio.)

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