In the past two decades there has been a tremendous swell of interest in Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869–1942), arguably the most important architect of American industrialization. Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs assembled by Albert Kahn Associates while building the powerhouses of American industry, from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Shot by an array of professional photographers based mainly in Detroit, these often striking documentary images were a novel strategy for conveying information about the daily progress of construction to busy managers at the main office. The exhibition foregrounds the photographic series as a way of illustrating change over time—showing buildings as they grew on site—and Kahn’s innovative solutions to the architectural challenges of his day.
Lead support for the exhibition Albert Kahn: Under Construction is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.