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Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates

June 10–August 5, 2001

One of the most influential architectural design and planning firms of the last half-century is the subject of a first-ever retrospective exhibition that debuts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Organized by the Museum with unprecedented access to the firm's archives, Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates contains some 250 works, many of which will be on public view for the first time, including drawings, models, photographs, videos, furniture, and other objects. Designed and installed by the Museum with Tony Atkin, of Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell and Associates, a Philadelphia-based design firm, the exhibition traces the provocative, playful, and often iconoclastic designs of this internationally known, Philadelphia-based firm, from Robert Venturi's earliest commissions in 1958 to the present.

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Kathryn B. Hiesinger • Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, in collaboration with Professors David B. Brownlee and David G. DeLong of the University of Pennsylvania, and in association with The Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art • June 10–August 5, 2001
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego • June 2–September 8, 2002
  • The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh • November 7, 2002–February 3, 2003


The fully illustrated catalogue, Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates--Architecture, Urbanism and Design, offers a retrospective view of the firm and highlights drawings and the design process. It includes essays by David Brownlee, David DeLong, and Kathryn B. Hiesinger. The book is co-published by the Museum and Yale University Press and designed by Malcolm Grear Inc.

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The exhibition is supported by generous grants from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; The Annenberg Foundation; the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions; The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Alcoa Foundation; Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown; Frances Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. J. Roffe Wike II; and Marion Stroud Swingle. Initial support was provided by The William Penn Foundation and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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