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Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, View overlooking Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 2005. Photograph by Timothy Hursley.

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

October 22, 2013–March 2, 2014


ADMISSION

  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveyed the renowned architect’s career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms. Using sketches, models, photographs, and films of twenty-five projects, the exhibition portrayed Safdie's architecture not only as visual art but as a medium for advancing social, political, and cultural goals.

Watch Moshe Safdie's lecture at the Skirball:

 

Safdie’s designs exemplify “progressive contextualism”—a way of thinking globally about building. His works combine the social activism and advanced technologies of modernism with a profound respect for historical and regional context. Ceremonial and uplifting, yet never intimidating, Safdie’s buildings are places where communities are forged of strangers, memory is enshrined, and identity is created.

"[A] detailed look at the career of one of the more intriguing and enigmatic figures on the contemporary architecture scene."—Architectural Digest

About Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie is a leading architect, urban planner, theorist, educator, and author who has been a visionary force in architecture, urban planning and design for over forty years. Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1938, Safdie moved to Canada with his family in 1953. He graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture and in 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat at Expo ’67, an adaptation of his thesis project, “A Case for City Living/Three Dimensional Modular Building System,” written at McGill. Habitat became a pioneering example of prefabricated housing.  

In 1970 Safdie established a Jerusalem branch office and commenced on an intense restoration of Jerusalem’s Old City and the reconstruction of the new center, linking the Old and New Cities. In 1978, Safdie relocated his residence and principal office to Boston where he served as Director of the Urban Design Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1978 to 1984, and Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design from 1984 to 1989.  

Over the last several decades, Safdie has completed a wide range of projects, including cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities.

On SkirBlog

From Canada to L.A.; our Museum Director reflects on the opening of Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie at the Skirball.

The ubiquity of Legos and their influence on Moshe Safdie.

Share your "Safdie snapshot"!

Exhibition curator Erin Curtis visits the Moshe Safdie–designed United States Institute of Peace.


SPONSORS

GLOBAL CITIZEN: THE ARCHITECTURE OF MOSHE SAFDIE WAS ORGANIZED BY CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

THE EXHIBITION AND ITS RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WERE GENEROUSLY CO-PRESENTED BY:

The Skirball Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation

 


MEDIA SPONSORS

FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER:

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EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS:


RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION:

Past

Expert Insights

Global City
Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.

For Members

Members-Only Global Citizen Tour
Wednesday, February 12, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Gallery Tours

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie
Tuesday–Wednesday and Fridays, 1:00 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturday–Sunday, 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.
Additional closing-day tour: Sunday, March 2, 3:30 p.m.


PRESS RELEASE:

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie
September 26, 2013

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