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Rotch Library featuring paintings by Koch Institute architect Harry Ellenzweig

"The Center Cannot Hold," 1993
"The Center Cannot Hold," 1993
Image: Harry Ellenzweig

Harry Ellenzweig, founding principal of the Cambridge-based firm Ellenzweig, has practiced architecture for almost 50 years. His work has focused on innovative designs for major academic institutions, including MIT. His most recent building on campus is the recently dedicated David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Now, a new exhibition in Rotch Libary (7-238) offers a glimpse at Ellenzweig's work as an artist. "Harry Ellenzweig: Works on Paper, 1955-2010" will be on view through March 31.

“Architecture, for me, is an art as compelling as drawing or painting. It’s also my profession, my identity, the lens through which I see the world," Ellenzweig said. "I don’t think of painting as 'the road not taken,' but I would say that I have very much enjoyed the balance of the private world of the studio with the public face of architecture."

Ellenzweig has been painting since youth. His work is included in several museums and many private collections in the United States. He has described his graphic works as reflecting “a vision informed by the architect’s eye, a passion for forms found in nature and images of cities — the shared heritage merging with an imagined and abstracted urban landscape.” More than 30 original works are on display in the library until the end of March.

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