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Creative types with staying power usually transform over time from enfants terribles to éminences grises. But it would be a crime to lump 81-year-old architect Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, into the latter category. He earned his role as de facto dean of Chicago architecture the hard way, stepping on well-shod toes, speaking truth to power, and strategically shooting at sacred cows. Ceci n’est pas une rêverie, a Tigerman retrospective now at Yale’s A&A Building, explains why his wife and partner Margaret McCurry, FAIA, can fairly say, “He’s the bravest man I’ve ever met.” A case in point: Tigerman’s photomontage The Titanic condemns Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall to a watery grave—in 1979, when Mies’s rep ostensibly was watertight. Through Nov. 5. • www.architecture.yale.edu