An In-Depth Look at Pierre Chareau

An In-Depth Look at Pierre Chareau
Wednesday, March 8, 4:30–7:00 pm
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128
$50 per person (limited to 30 participants)
This event is open to the public; SAH membership is NOT required to attend.


Join Esther da Costa Meyer for an in-depth look at the French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950) at the Jewish Museum. Organized by da Costa Meyer, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design is the first U.S. exhibition focused on the internationally recognized designer and showcases more than 180 rarely-seen works from major public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Da Costa Meyer will lead a special tour of the exhibition, which covers Chareau's furniture designs, archival materials pertaining to his interiors (almost none of which survive), the role of his patrons, Chareau's art collection, his life and work in exile in the U.S., and the iconic Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris. You'll even have the chance to "visit" the Maison de Verre through an interactive virtual reality experience designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Following the exhibition tour, da Costa Meyer will give a talk on Chareau's life and work.


4:30–4:45 pm: Check-In at the The Jewish Museum
4:45–5:45 pm: Curator-led tour of Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design ​with Esther da Costa Meyer
5:45–7:00 pm: Q&A/Conversation with Esther da Costa Meyer at off-site location


Esther da Costa Meyer teaches modern and contemporary architecture at Princeton University. Born in Brazil, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Geneva and completed her Ph.D at Yale University. Da Costa Meyer has worked primarily in the area of modern and contemporary architecture with a special emphasis on the interface between architecture and the other arts such as music, painting, and film. On the other hand, she also focuses on architecture as a major protagonist in the complex trajectory that goes from colonialism to globalization. On that score, she has just completed a book manuscript on urban change and social history in nineteenth-century Paris, to be published by Princeton University Press. Her curatorial work includes the exhibitions (and the accompanying catalogs) Schoenberg, Kandinsky and the Blue Rider (The Jewish Museum, New York, 2003-2004), the drawings of Frank Gehry, Frank Gehry: On Line (Princeton University Art Museum), and at present, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design (The Jewish Museum, New York).

All images courtesy of The Jewish Museum. Top (L-R): Folding chair (MC763), 1927, designed by Pierre Chareau. Photograph by Bertrand Prévost, image provided by CNAC / MNAM / Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, New York; Rendering highlighting exhibited sofa and chairs, designed by Pierre Chareau, in the virtual reality context of the grand salon of the Maison de Verre. Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Desk, 1925, designed by Pierre Chareau. Bottom (L-R): Laure Albin-Guillot (French, 1879-1962), Pierre Chareau, 1925; Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932. Photograph © Mark Lyon; Telephone table (MB152) and Religieuse table lamp, c. 1924, designed by Pierre Chareau; Alcove for Lord & Taylor, New York, 1928, designed by Pierre Chareau. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Image provided by the Smithsonian Institution.
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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