It Is Life That Is Right and the Architect Who Is Wrong
I went to New York with a different plan. My vision did NOT include a sweeping architecture exhibit. Rooms and rooms and rooms of doodles and drawings and models and photographs, all bulging with black-clad people in weird glasses who stand transfixed in front of every single thing, their mouths a perfect O of wonder, admiration and jealousy.
Life altered my careful drawing without my permission. “Oh, there’s a Le Corbusier exhibit!” MTM-the-architect’s voice practically squealed with glee. Before I could stop him, he was sucked into the noir-clad void.
My feet protested as I dragged them along the floor. Do we have a say in this? I mean, after all, architecture exhibits are BORING, and we’re already tired of walking, and it’s only eleven in the morning, and we’ve got lots more walking to do today.
Shut up, I muttered. Let’s get this over with.
I entered the first room and found……….an oil painting. Several oil paintings. Watercolors. Vibrant artworks, all by young Le Corbusier when he was still known as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret.
His life was a study in paper. Scraps portrayed his restless thoughts as he sat through a lecture in Buenos Aires. Ribbons splashed one wall with vibrant color. Lines marched to his rhythm. Rooms took shape and leapt to life around a corner. Exclamations punctuated every idea.
If Le Corbusier‘s drawing hand was an extension of his mind, then his mind was never idle.
I stumbled through the demonstration of his exuberant, joyful creativity, and I whispered it is life that is right and the architect who is wrong – Le Corbusier.
I’m glad life altered my plan that day.
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes is on view through September 23, 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum is open every day from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Through August 29, the museum is open until 8pm on Thursdays.
This post is part of Andra’s Orgy of Creative Consumption. If this is your first visit to the series, click here and tell us how you fill your creative tank: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/07/22/how-do-you-fill-your-creative-tank/, click here to read about Imaginary Worlds: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/07/23/the-magic-of-imaginary-worlds/, and click here to read about Pearls for Proper Southern Girls: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/07/24/pearls-for-proper-southern-girls/.