Eileen Gray (1878–1976), an Irish architect-designer who worked primarily in France, was a pioneer in modern design and architecture and one of the few women to practice professionally in those fields before World War II.


This exhibition is the first in the United States to examine the total oeuvre of Eileen Gray. In addition to affirming her accomplishments as an architect and a designer, it sheds light on the full sweep of Gray’s career, including her work as a painter and photographer. The exhibition is largely based on new research, including plans, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and letters, that reveal how Gray designed her most famous house, E 1027, and other architectural projects. The exhibition features never-before-seen furniture and lacquer works, as well as paintings, photography, rugs, and archival materials from her best-known projects.

Eileen Gray is curated by Cloé Pitiot. It has been organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with Bard Graduate Center. A richly illustrated catalogue edited by Ms. Pitiot and published by Bard Graduate Center Gallery and Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition.


Special thanks to the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.


The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Phillips, as well as Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

Additional support for the project is provided by the Selz Foundation, Edward Lee Cave, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support for the exhibition catalogue has been provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.