The opening reception and book launch for A QUITE INDIVIDUAL COURSE: Jerome Markson, Architect will take place Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Remarks at 6:00 pm in the Heritage Hall.
Registration will be required for this event. Reserve your ticket on the registration page.
Exhibition opening begins at 5:30pm. Ticket holders must arrive no later than 5:45pm (with their printed or mobile ticket) to enter. There will be a rush line for those who arrive late or without tickets. Guests without tickets will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on capacity.
About the Book and Exhibition
Jerome Markson’s diverse body of work is inextricably linked with – and contributed to – Toronto’s postwar emergence as a cosmopolitan city that is open to many ways of living. His nearly six-decade-long architectural practice began in a time of profound transformation in Canadian society. As his practice evolved, Markson’s architecture moved past late-Modernism's formal rigidity in favour of an increasingly pluralistic formal, spatial, and material language, reflecting his pursuit of a more open and inclusive expression of modernity. His buildings and urban works were harbingers of important shifts in sociopolitical attitudes, urban policies, and modes of architectural production.
The exhibition A Quite Individual Course: Jerome Markson, Architect will focus upon selected works from Markson’s significant body of work on housing. The exhibition celebrates and accompanies the publication of Toronto’s Inclusive Modernity | The Architecture of Jerome Markson, written by Associate Professor Laura Miller, who also designed and curated the exhibition. From speculative homes in nascent suburbs, to bespoke private houses in established neighborhoods, to social housing in downtown Toronto, to luxury landmarks like the Market Square condominiums, Markson’s housing works were an essential part of his practice, reflecting his lifelong search for forms of inclusiveness in Canadian society. His architectural designs for multi-family housing were as attentive to the quality of the city that was being formed as they were to providing dwellings with a variety of layouts and living possibilities. His lively, sophisticated private houses created for a diverse array of clients reflect his experimentation with the format of the single-family house, materials, and architectural syntax.
Laura J. Miller is trained as an architect. She has had a diverse career as a designer, educator, and scholar. She was a member of the architecture faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for over a decade, and was the American Fellow in Architectural Design at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Architecture at the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, and directs the Faculty’s exhibition programs.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase (limited quantities).