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The Architecture of Trees: Scarab Club Exhibit

General Motors Technical Center, Manufacturing B (1955) by architect Eero Saarinen.
General Motors Technical Center, Manufacturing B (1955) by architect Eero Saarinen.
Balthazar Korab via Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (gov/public domain)

When Detroit-based architectural photographer Balthazar Korab turns a camera lens toward ANYthing, he makes it a landmark. The Scarab Club is hosting a special exhibit which is on-going through August 29th called, "The Architecture of Trees: Photographs & Paintings by Balthazar Korab."

Korab was born in Budapest, Hungary, and fled the country's mid-century communist regime to finish his architecture degree at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He had the extraordinary opportunity to work under the direction of notable architects like Le Corbusier.

Upon moving to the United States in 1955, Eero Saarinen employed him and he began to experiment with the use of photography as part of the design development process. By 1964 photography was Korab's main occupation, and he received the prestigious AIA Medal for Architectural Photography, recognizing his worldwide coverage of the work of prominent architects.

The architectural community in Detroit reveres Korab's exceptional career, and many firms have retained him to document their important building projects. To every architect's delight, Korab continues his practice of photography and is active lecturing and staging exhibits of his work.

Detroit's Scarab Club

The organization's founders of nearly 100 years ago selected the Scarab, an Egyptian symbol for rebirth, to represent the “boundless creative spirit.” The mission of the Scarab Club is the “education and enlightenment of its members and the community in the visual, auditory, and literary arts.”

The Scarab Club has two contemporary art galleries, a main gallery and second floor lounge gallery. The Main Gallery hosts four juried and four invitational exhibits a year that are open to the public without viewing costs.

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and during evening and weekend hours for special events.

The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth, in Detroit's Cultural Center (313.831.1250)

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