DCFA Celebrates Mid-Century Modernism in Two Exhibitions

As we enter the second half of 2015, the Dallas Center for Architecture presents two exhibitions featuring Mid-century Modernism. The shows, on the landscape designs of Dan Kiley and the photography of Balthazar Korab, feature stunning images of some of the architectural icons of the second half of the Twentieth Century.

Dan Kiley (1912-2004) was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century and worked with equally significant architects, such as Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei, to create internationally acknowledged design icons. Following the centennial of his birth in 2012, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) created a traveling photographic exhibition that serves as a retrospective of his life and career, and chronicles the current state of 27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide. 

The exhibition includes major publicly accessible commissions including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO (which features the arch designed by Eero Saarinen); the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN (another collaboration with Saarinen and later Kevin Roche) now owned and operated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Ford Foundation atrium in New York, NY; and the Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden, Chicago, IL. Two Dallas projects—Fountain Place and the Sculpture Garden of the Dallas Museum of Art—are also featured. The exhibition will be shown at the Dallas Center for Architecture from July 20-September 18. Several complementary events will be held, and a catalogue will be available for sale. Details on these additional programs are at 

Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab will run from September 21 to November 13, 2015. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1926, Balthazar Korab began his architecture education at the Polytechnic in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II. He travelled and worked throughout Europe before moving to the United States in 1955. Shortly after arriving, he was hired by Eero Saarinen as a designer and began experimenting with the use of photography as an integral part of the firm’s design development and presentation practices. Soon, he began to receive numerous commissions and his works have been extensively exhibited and published. He won the AIA Gold Medal for Photography of Architecture in 1964. 

The exhibition will display a variety of Korab images, including those of works designed by Le Corbusier, Saarinen, van der Rohe and Wright. It offers an opportunity to see iconic works of modern architecture in photographs produced by a photographer who was trained as an architect and developed his craft within a particular cultural context. Several special events associated with the exhibition will be presented.

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