Yale University Presents Ming Cho Lee Exhibit, Begin. 11/21
Lee has also been an architectural consultant for resident theaters, including the modifications of the Yale Repertory Theatre on the historic site of the former Calvary Baptist Church, and the Iseman Theatre, the School of Drama's black box theatre; the PepsiCo Theatre, the opera house, and the blackbox theatre at the State University of New York at Purchase; the Patricia Corbett Theater at the University of Cincinnati; and The Public Theater.
Throughout his career, Lee has received numerous awards for his work, including Tony and Drama Desk awards for outstanding set design, an OBIE Award, the Helen Hayes Award, and the National Medal for the Arts in 2002, the highest official arts honor given to Americans. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998 and received a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
"Stage Designs by Ming Cho Lee" is based on retrospective exhibitions in 1995 (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts), 1997 (National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan), and 2011 (Shanghai Art Museum and Ningbo Museum in China). It has been curated by Ming Cho Lee; Michael Yeargan '72 M.F.A., adjunct professor and co-chair of design at Yale School of Drama, and resident set designer at Yale Repertory Theatre; and Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, the Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions at the Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The presentation at the Yale School of Architecture has been designed by Ming Cho Lee and Lee Savage '05 DRA, lecturer in design at the School of Drama, and the School of Architecture's director of exhibitions, Brian Butterfield '11 MArch.
The exhibition at Yale is jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Architecture, Yale School of Drama, and Yale College, and is supported in part by the Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts, with additional in-kind support from Long Wharf Theatre and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
A related publication, "Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design" (Theater Communications Group), by Arnold Aronson, professor of theater at Columbia University School of the Arts, will be available in early 2014.
The Yale School of Architecture Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Aronson will present the lecture "Ming Cho Lee and the Transformation of American Stage Design" at Hastings Hall (180 York St.)