Join us for BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery (the series formerly known as First Wednesdays)! Enjoy cool jazz, warm vibes, and a glass of wine; see our fascinating exhibitions and learn from provocative conversations about the objects on view. At 6pm Gene Perla and the fantastic musicians he brings together, Ralph Bowen on Sax, Miki Yamanaka on keys, and Ian Froman on drums. At 6:30 pm, in our lecture hall at 38 West 86th Street, Jan Greben leads a conversation with Caroline Constant and MaryMcLeod titled, Collaboration to Independence in the Work of Eileen Gray: E.1027 to Tempe à Pailla.

More BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery

Thursday, March 5
Breaking Ground: Architecture, Gender, Activism
Curated by Jane Hall and Esther Choi

Thursday, April 2
Music by Gene Perla


Thursday, May 7
Black Art and Activism in Early-20th-Century Paris
Curated by Joshua I. Cohen
With Felix Germain, Meleko Mokgosi, and Jennifer M. Wilks

Caroline Constant is Professor of Architecture and Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Planning (2011-2014) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She was a peer review editor of Places until 2017. Her research, which explores relationships among architecture, landscape architecture and the decorative arts, has been widely published in books and periodicals. Her books include The Modern Architectural Landscape (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), Eileen Gray (Phaidon, 2002), The Woodland Cemetery: Toward a Spiritual Landscape (Byggförlaget, 1994) and The Palladio Guide (Princeton Architectural Press, 1985). In recognition of her work on Eileen Gray, Constant was made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, a recognition that Gray received late in her life.


Jan Greben has had an independent architectural practice since 2002. Regardless of scale, projects are approached with an interest in the economical use of space and materials and a personal interpretation of modern principles. This leads to projects that are flexible, multi-functional and unexpected. Before founding her own studio, Greben worked in four notable architecture firms in New York City: Aldo Rossi Studio di Architettura, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Francois de Menil Architect, and Keenen/Riley. Greben holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She has taught Architecture Studio at the New York Institute of Technology for the past nine years; developed and taught seminar courses on the architecture of Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe; and has co-taught Study Abroad programs in France. She is currently Thesis Coordinator at the Manhattan campus of NYIT. Her recent interview with Rainer Judd was published in Acne Paper, Winter 2012.


Mary McLeod is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where she teaches architecture history and theory, and occasionally studio. She has also taught at Harvard University, University of Kentucky, University of Miami and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and ideology. McLeod is co-editor of Architecture, Criticism, Ideology and Architecture Reproduction, and is the editor of and contributor to the book Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living (Abrams, 2003). She also initiated and helped curate the exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Interior Equipment, held at the Urban Center in New York. Her articles have appeared in Assemblage, Oppositions, Art Journal, AA Files, JSAH, Casabella, Art Journal, Harvard Design Magazine and Lotus as well as other journals and anthologies, such as The Sex of Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, Architecture of the Everyday, Architecture and Feminism, The Pragmatist Imagination, The State of Architecture, Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished, Architecture Theory since 1968, Oppositions Reader, Le Parole dell’Architettura, and Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, NEH award, and grants from New York Council of the Arts and the Graham Foundation.