Last week, on Monday, we finally opened the Judith Chafee exhibit. The next evening, we held an event to commemorate the opening titled Judith Chafee – Geographical Powers where one of Chafee’s ex-students, collaborators, and current UA Architecture Professor Christopher Domin contextualized the exhibit with a lecture about her work and life. I was so excited to learn about Chafee from an outside perspective, as I feel that I developed my own (possibly warped) perspective about her from her archives. The event was a major success, and over 200 people attended!
The exhibit itself will be displayed in the Special Collections gallery until July, and features a variety of materials from the archival collection. Curator Bob Diaz organized the materials around different parts of her life and featured some of the main houses that Chafee designed.I didn’t know until the very last day, but an anonymous donor also let us borrow the original model of the Ramada House, which is exciting to see, after only seeing pictures of it.
After the lecture by Professor Domin, the attendees were able to walk through the exhibit and look at the various items from the collection. Multiple people asked if the collection was available to the public, and I was so glad to be able to see first-hand the interest that people had in Chafee’s collection. Processing this collection has been a real treat, as someone who is interested in space and design, and I’m happy that it’s now open for people to admire and peruse on their own.
In case you missed the lecture, there will be another one about Judith Chafee and her career on March 13, 2018. More information can be found here.