Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series presents “Architecture After the Rain: The Surrealist Turn in the Post-Atomic Era” by Anthony Vidler, Professor of Architecture, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union
This lecture will investigate the strange and quite unprecedented turn towards post World War I Surrealist thought after the 1960s in Britain, and its relation to the deferred “shock” of World War II and the need to find other ways to counter modernism (and post-modern “Brutalism”) while registering the new realities of the Cold War.
Anthony Vidler received his professional degree in architecture from Cambridge University in England, and his doctorate in History and Theory from the University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Prior to his deanship and professorship at the Cooper Union, Professor Vidler taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture from 1965 to 93 and at UCLA from 1993 to 2001. His curatorial work has encompassed French Enlightenment architecture and postwar architecture in Britain. The recipient of awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Professor Vidler has published numerous books including Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime (MIT Press, 1990), The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000) and Histories of the Immediate Present: The Invention of Architectural Modernism (MIT Press, 2008).
Followed by a reception.