Memory and Mission: A Talk with Stanley Tigerman

Yale, Penn, Harvard, U of C Alumni Clubs

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

December 5, 2010: 11:15 AM - 3:00 PM

We will join alumni associations of Yale, Harvard, Penn, and U of C for a discussion with Stanley Tigerman about his signature work, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.


Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive Skokie
Skokie, Illinois

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Event Details

The idea for the museum arose in part from the controversy surrounding the Nazi march on Skokie in 1978, with the Village of Skokie obtaining an injunction against the march and the ACLU defending the Nazis' right of free speech. Tigerman's architecture provocatively transforms non-historical 20th-century styles in favor of argument, activism, and higher ideals. "Memory and Mission: A Talk with Stanley Tigerman" promises to be an exciting afternoon of conversation and fellowship. The number of reservations is limited; timely reservation is advised.




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Deadline: 11/29/2010


11:15 AM-11:45 AM: Arrival, Check-in,

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Mr. Tigerman's Address, followed by Q & A (Goodman Auditorium)

2:00 PM-3:00 PM: Refreshments (Museum Hall) and Self-Guided Tours through the exhibits

Speaker Profiles

Stanley Tigerman (Speaker)

Stanley Tigerman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930. He studied at M.I.T., the Chicago Institute of Design, and Yale University. After serving several years in the Navy, he assumed the role of draftsman and designer in a series of offices. Since 1964 he has been the Principal of Stanley Tigerman and Associates Ltd., in Chicago. He has also taught at several Universities in the United States. During his early career, Tigerman borrowed extensively from an eclectic blend of styles. In later years, his diverse design style has progressively assumed a more sensual and theatrical character. Tigerman's early skill with curves and perspective has expanded to include organic shapes, bright color, topiary, and allegory. From his early eclectic styling he has developed into an idiosyncratic theorist. Tigerman creates specific and unique designs for each individual client. He sees design as a complex representation of art and criticism. With the transformation of his design approach, he has become a leading advocate of architecture as a cultural and technological response to society. His works have developed an increasingly Classical vocabulary. Tigerman generates designs that are marked by formal inventiveness, sculptural and compositional finesse and attentiveness to detail. He references pop and pornography, history and literature to create formal design building blocks. He feels that architecture should be fun, witty, and appealing. Unfortunately this design aesthetic has led to some decidedly trivial design programs. Tigerman has been a central influence on the architectural community of Chicago. He has helped to create a community of discussions among Chicago designers and to encourage talented beginners to participate. He has also brought architectural issues to a wider audience that includes architects, artists and the general public.


Ira Goldberg 


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