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Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988 (1994)

Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988 (1994)

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People

  • Peter Eisenman (creator)
  • Peter Eisenman (architect)
  • Peter Eisenman (designer)
  • Centre canadien d'architecture (client)
  • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

Title

Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988 (1994)

Dates of creation

1993-1994

Level of archival description

File 106

Extent and Medium

  • approx. 619 drawings
  • 46 reprographic copies
  • 21 photographs
  • 19 photomechanical prints
  • 6 models
  • 6 manuscripts
  • 5 artifacts
  • 3 ephemerae
  • 2 files
  • 1 roll

Scope and Content

In 1993, the CCA invited Peter Eisenman to design an installation for the exhibition 'Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988'. The exhibition was presented at the CCA from 2 March to 29 May 1994. The drawings and models of this group document the development of Eisenman's installation design from late 1993 through March 1994, as well as the various processes used by the architect in his investigation of the 'Cities of Artificial Excavation'. Material in this file was produced between 1993 and 1994.

File contains conceptual drawings, design development drawings, installation drawings, measured drawings, presentation drawings, publication drawings, record drawings, textual records, and models. Documents by Eisenman's office include material for schemes A and B, the first and second proposals for the installation, as well as material for the exhibition installation. Material for scheme A includes conceptual drawings (DR1994:0030:001-005), hardline design development drawings (DR1994:0030:006-011), design development computer-aided drawings (DR1994:0030:012-027), and fully developed drawings (DR1994:0030:028-034). Material for scheme B, a design which is closer to the final project, includes hardline drawings (DR1994:0030:035-044) and computer-aided drawings (DR1994:0030:045-069). Material for the exhibition installation includes: computer-aided drawings (DR1994:0030:070-196), which were generated to construct models for the installation, notably a preliminary model (DR1994:0035) and the final model (DR1994:0036), which was used for planning the exhibition layout; hardline drawings which are the final drawings for the installation (DR1994:0030:262-265); a preliminary exhibition layout (DR1994:0030:280); and Iris colour prints of computer-aided conceptual axonometrics (DR1994:0030:281-282). Three working models show different stages of the design development (DR1994:0031 - DR1994:0034).

File contains photographs of the completed installation by Richard Pare (DR1994:0037:001-028), fragments of the installation preserved after its demolition (DR1994:0038:001-0028) and paint samples (DR1994:0038:035-037).

File contains Cities of Artificial Excavation exhibition Catalogue Cover Design layouts and trial proofs. This group of material by Eisenman's office includes freehand drawings and collages for early proposals for the cover (DR1994:0029:001-003), ink drawings on Mylar of the floor plans of the four principal projects presented in the exhibition traced from diazotypes (diazotypes: DR1994:0029:014-019; ink drawings: DR1994:0029:004-010), and Iris colour prints of computer-aided drawings which Eisenman's staff used to test different colour schemes (DR1994:0029:020-030). Offset prints for the cover proposing different colour schemes were used to select the cover design used for publication (DR1994:0029:036-039).

Reference Number

AP143.S4.D106

Location

Montréal Island of Montréal Québec Canada

Language of material

Documents are in English.

General note

  • Some material in this file has been processed at a preliminary level. Consult curator for further information.

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:001-002
    • Title: Installation sketches, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 drawings in graphite on transclucent paper

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (largest): 35.5 x 26.5 cm Sheet (smallest): 21.2 x 30.4 cm

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:006-010
    • Title: Installation sketch plans and elevation, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 drawings in graphite on translucent paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:014-027
    • Title: Installation sections, elevations, and plans, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montreal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 14 drawings in ink on paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:030-031
    • Title: Installation floor plans, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 drawings

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:032-034
    • Title: Installation sketches, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 drawings

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:035-038
    • Title: Installation plans and sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 drawings in graphite on translucent paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:039-040
    • Title: Installation sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 drawings in ink on paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:041-044
    • Title: Plan and sections for installation, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 drawings in ink on paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:045-054
    • Title: Set of installation axonometric drawings, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 10 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:055-069
    • Title: Hidden line axonometrics of window contents, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 16 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:070-111
    • Title: Wireframe axonometrics of window contents, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 41 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:030:112-149
    • Title: Wireframe axonometrics of window contents, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Description:

    Note that some of the reprographic copies include annotations or sketches.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 38 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:150-196
    • Title: Wireframe axonometrics of window contents, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Description:

    Note that some of the reprographic copies include annotations or sketches.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 47 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 21 x 35 cm

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:197-203
    • Title: Installation sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 drawings in graphite on translucent paper

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:204-213
    • Title: Installation sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Description:

    Note that some of the reprographic copies include annotations

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 10 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:214-237
    • Title: Installation plans and sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Description:

    Note that some of the reprographic copies include annotations.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 24 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:238-265
    • Title: Installations and sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Description:

    Note that some of the reprographic copies include annotations.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 18 reprographic copies and other materials

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:266-279
    • Title: Installation plans and sections, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: circa 1993-1994
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:280
    • Title: Installation plan, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993-1994
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing in graphite, coloured pencil, and stickers on a reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 28 x 43,2 cm

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © CCA

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0030:281
    • Title: Digital model for installation, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1993-1994
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing in ink on paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 25 x 28 cm

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0034
    • Title: Cities of Artificial Excavation (installation) Montréal, Canada: Model
    • Dates of creation: 1993 or 1994
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Eisenman Architects (model maker)
    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • study model

    Technique and media:

    Cardboard

    Dimensions:

    model: 9.7 x 79.5 x 48.7 cm

    Location:

    United States

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0037:001-028
    • Title: Photographs, Cities of Artificial Excavation (installation) Montréal, Canada
    • Dates of creation: commissioned 1994
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Richard Pare (photographer)
    • Peter Eisenman (architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    28 File

    Technique and media:

    Chromogenic colour prints

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 28 x 35,6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

    Location:

    Canada

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Richard Pare

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0038:001-028
    • Title: Installation fragments, Cities of Artificial Excavation, Montréal
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: photographs, graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 8

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 28 pieces of an installation in coloured paint on particle board and drywall, some plywood, and corrugated plastic

    Dimensions:

    artefacts (range; approx.): 62.0 to 130.0 x 130.0 to 176.0 x 4.0 to 13.0 cm sheets (photographs): 10.4 x 10.2 cm

    Location:

    United States

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0031
    • Title: Study model for the installation "Cities of Artificial Excavation"
    • Dates of creation: 1993 or 1994
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Eisenman Architects (model maker)
    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Cardboard

    Dimensions:

    model: 11.5 x 37.4 x 25.4 cm

    Location:

    United States

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0032
    • Title: Study model for the installation "Cities of Artificial Excavation"
    • Dates of creation: 1993 or 1994
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Eisenman Architects (model maker)
    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • study model

    Technique and media:

    Cardboard

    Dimensions:

    model: 33,02 × 23,34 × 3,81 cm (13 × 9 3/16 × 1 1/2 in.)

    Location:

    United States

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0033
    • Title: Study model for the installation "Cities of Artificial Excavation"
    • Dates of creation: 1993 or 1994
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Eisenman Architects (model maker)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • study model

    Technique and media:

    Cardboard

    Dimensions:

    model: 23,5 × 22,86 × 6,35 cm (9 1/4 × 9 × 2 1/2 in.)

    Location:

    United States

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1994:0035
    • Title: Study model for the installation "Cities of Artificial Excavation"
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Peter Eisenman (architect)
    • Eisenman Architects (model maker)
    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • study model

    Technique and media:

    Cardboard

    Dimensions:

    model: 50,48 × 80,01 × 16,51 cm (19 7/8 × 31 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)

    Location:

    United States

    Subject:

    • architecture
    • exhibition design
    • installation

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Copyright:

    © Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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