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Dean Michael Speaks Offers Thoughts on the Passing of Architectural Legend I.M. Pei
I.M. Pei was one of the most important architects of the second half of the Twentieth Century.
Significantly, he was also a truly global architect, with commissions all over the world. Among the many remarkable buildings that he designed, there are two here in Syracuse, NY: Newhouse Communications Center 1, on the campus of Syracuse University, completed in 1964, and the Everson Museum, in downtown Syracuse, completed in 1968. The Everson Museum just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Referring to the four cantilevered forms of varied sizes arrayed in the shape of a pinwheel, Progressive Architecture, in a 1962 editorial feature on Pei, proclaimed the building to be “a piece of abstract sculpture placed within a civic plaza setting – the sort of sculpture to house sculpture, one might say – a work of art for other works of art.” Indeed, the Everson was Pei’s first museum commission and among his best works overall. And that is perhaps because it was so purely and definitively a work of art dedicated to the display and exhibition of works of art.