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Louis Kahn, Design for the spirit: Synagogue projects

December 16, 1997-March 28, 1998
Location: Palevsky Design Pavilion
Artist: Louis I. Kahn
Media: Architecture: Computer-generated images, sketches, plans, and models
Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) belongs to that select coterie of esteemed twentieth century architects whose project proposals are studied as seriously as their finished buildings. This exhibition, dedicated to four of Kahn's synagogue projects - only one of which was realized, offered a rare opportunity to observe his thought processes and moments of vision. The synagogues, Adath Jeshurun (1954-55), Mikveh Israel (1961-1972), and Temple Beit-El (1966-72) in the United States and the Beit Ya'akov or "Hurva" (1967-1974) in Jerusalem, were conceived during Kahn's most fertile period and were milestones in his search for an architecture that embodied timelessness and meaning. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with The Jewish Museum, New York.