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February 8, 2010

Spitzer School of Architecture Presents Exhibit of Jose Oubrerie

Church of St. Pierre in Firminy, France 

Photo: Church of St. Pierre in Firminy, France

Church in Firminy, Miller House to be Featured

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (Spitzer School) at The City College of New York (CCNY) presents an exhibit on the works of noted French architect and author Jose Oubrerie.  It debuts on February 16 and will be on display through May 14.

The exhibit will feature Oubrerie’s best-known works, the Church of St. Pierre in Firminy, France, and the Miller House in Lexington, Ky.  This is the Spitzer School’s first exhibit to feature the work of an outside architect.  It will be displayed in the Spitzer School’s exhibit gallery located in the central atrium.

In addition, The School is producing the book on Oubrerie’s work that will feature many photos and drawings of the two buildings.  It will be published by Oscar Riera Publishing and is also made possible by a generous donation from Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

Mr. Oubrerie, who now teaches in the United States, is the last living protégé of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, aka Le Courbusier, the French architect considered one of the pioneers of modern architecture.

“He worked on many of the later works of the office, most notable the design for Firminy Church,” said George Ranalli, the Dean of the Spitzer School.  “After Courbusier’s death, he went into practice and produced many excellent projects, especially the two projects in our exhibit, the Miller House in Kentucky and the completion of the Firminy Church.  His work is extraordinary.”

The Gallery will be open to the public 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.  The Spitzer School is located at 141 Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

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