Simply put, Jan Ruhtenberg is the greatest architect you’ve never heard of. And after two years of research, on October 4th 6- 11 p.m., will open the retrospective of Ruhtenberg’s work, Come Here Architekt. Ruhtenberg’s accomplishments are astonishing. He was an apprentice and colleague of Mies Van Der Rohe during his most significant projects; a close confidant of Philip Johnson who helped introduce modernism to America; a man who escaped Nazi Germany to design projects for Herman Miller, Greta Garbo, Nelson Rockefeller and the Swedish Royal family. However, as Jan approached the pinnacle of his profession, he was outed as a gay man in conservative 1950’s America. Jan’s commissions disappeared and he all but vanished from the history of modern architecture.
This exhibition begins a process of reintroducing the world to one of its great architects and designers and was made possible by The Efroymson Family Fund and Tracy L. Haddad Foundation. Curated by Vess von Ruhtenberg and Jeremy Efroymson.
iMOCA’s new hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. All our programs and exhibitions are made possible with support from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant), The Efroymson Family Fund, Deer Zink Foundation, Halstead Architects, KEJ Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, The Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Murphy Arts L.L.C., Penrod Foundation, and Big Car Art + Design