Roman to a T (Space)

Rome and the Teacher brings roofscapes to Rhinebeck

The Roman roofscape, 1976. (Balthazar Korab, used with permission of Christian Korab)

‘T’ Space
137 Round Lake Road
Rhinebeck, NY
Through August 24

Man and woman dining on a roof in Rome

The Roman roofscape, 1976. (Balthazar Korab, used with permission of Christian Korab)

This summer, ‘T’ Space, a gallery and performance venue established by Steven Holl, will present the work of Holl’s former professor and inspirator, the architect and academic Astra Zarina, in the exhibition Rome and the Teacher. Guest curated by Alessandro Orsini, the show is inspired by Zarina’s 1976 book on Roman roofscapes, I Tetti di Roma, and her contributions as a groundbreaking female figure in the profession.

Photographs by the architect Balthazar Korab, who coauthored I Tetti di Roma, as well as theoretical writings, models, and historical maps relay the Latvian-born Zarina’s professional journey, including her experience as the American Academy in Rome’s first female architecture fellow and her lifelong project of restoring the “città che muore” (dying town) of Civita di Bagnoregio.

Photo of Rome at night

The Roman roofscape, 1976. (Balthazar Korab, used with permission of Christian Korab)

Photographic prints will wrap the gallery space, and a video created by Columbia architecture students will align the exhibition material with newer concepts about design’s engagement with public life—a theme central to Zarina’s work, teaching, and legacy.

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