“Mid-Continental Modernism: Generational Continuity” was the title given to the exhibition, reception, drawing workshop, and building tour that took place on Homecoming weekend, October 26-28, 2017.
The exhibition, organized by recent ISoA PhD recipient Tate Johnson, featured four historic exhibits showing the work of former University of Illinois School of Architecture professors, curated by their students and colleagues:
- “John Gordon Replinger: The Art & Craft of Dwelling,” curated by Bruce Hutchings in 1985.
- “Space, Movement, and Light: The Architecture of Jack Sherman Baker, FAIA,” curated by Paul J. Armstrong and Jeffery S. Poss in 1997.
- “Antiphonal Quest (The Work of A. Richard Williams, FAIA, Architect),” curated by Charles Albanese in 2007.
- “Speculative Design of Future Cities: The Drawings of Gerald Exline,” curated by Tait Johnson in 2017.
Events began on Thursday afternoon, when legendary illustrator/Philosopher Gerald Exline instructed the freshman class of 2022 in the fundamentals of urban perspective drawing – just as he did on campus in the 1960s. The Friday evening reception to honor Gerry, the families of Jack Baker and John Replinger, and Varsity “I” Achievement Award winner Ellen Bailey Dickson, FAIA, was attended by well over 100 alumni, faculty, students and guests.
On Saturday Gerry Exline held a drawing workshop for several generations of Illinois alumni. The two-hour workshop was held in the Margaret Erlanger House, a modernist dwelling designed by Jack Baker and maintained by the Illinois School of Architecture for guest professors and small events. Additionally, Interim Director Jeffery Poss, FAIA led an afternoon tour of mid-century residences.