Co-sponsored by NESAH:

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New England Society of Architectural Historians

Directors Night

6:30pm November 17, 2016

Ferris Library, in Trinity Parish House,

206 Clarendon Street, Boston

Featured Presentations:
Czech Cubism
Jacob Albert
Renaissance Architecture in the French Champagne
Virginia Raguin
Between Antiquity and the Global Stage: Designing a Port for Early Modern Palermo.
Elizabeth A. Kassler-Taub
This talk will draw on new evidence for the design of Palermo’s port in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries culled from the Archivo Generale de Simancas in Valladolid, Spain. On the basis of these previously-unpublished sources, I will propose that the design was modeled in part on the dual port system at Ostia, in ancient Rome. I argue that this engagement with antiquity – which operated in tandem with an active desire to launch the city onto a contemporary global stage – speaks to Palermo’s active participation in the theory and practice of early modern ”maritime urbanism.”
The Architect’s Knowledge: Imagining the Profession’s Historical Body, 1797-1933
Bryan Norwood
 Bryan will start by talking generally about his dissertation project, in which he is arguing that the co-development of professionalization and formalized education in nineteenth-century American architecture was grounded in a particular type of knowledge: architects professing to know the history of architecture. He will then turn in the second half to talk more specifically about how the work he did with the NESAH John Coolidge Research Fellowship fits into this study, focusing specifically on the formalization of education at University of Illinois and University of Michigan.

KAHN’S HUTS, JOHNSON’S SHRINES:

Archetypes and Simulacra in Postwar American Architecture

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M. David Samson, Associate Professor of Art History, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Tuesday, 1 November 2016. 5.30pm reception; 6.00-7.00pm talk.

Boston University, CAS Room 303A, 725 Commonwealth Ave.

Was “late modernism” merely the warm-up act for Postmodernism? This talk argues that the seeming return to the past in much postwar formalism—Philip Johnson’s evocation of Schinkel, Louis Kahn’s “Roman” piazzas—was intended as a forward thrust toward a “true” modernist architecture. It considers how the pavilion, or landscape folly helped modern architects pinpoint truly essential forms and experiences of architecture, arguing that the pavilion as archetypal form shaped spaces of civic ritual, suburban retreats, and roadside drive-up stands in postwar America.