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Oculus Book Talk: Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram
AIA CES: 1.5 LUs
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, ARCHTOBER 28
Where: At The Center
Phyllis Lambert, Hon. FAIA, will present her new book Building Seagram, published by Yale University Press. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Barry Bergdoll, Professor of architectural history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.
The Seagram building rises over New York’s Park Avenue, seeming to float above the street with perfect lines of bronze and glass. Considered one of the greatest icons of twentieth-century architecture, the building was commissioned by Samuel Bronfman, founder of the Canadian distillery dynasty Seagram. Bronfman’s daughter Phyllis Lambert was twenty-seven years old when she took over the search for an architect and chose Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), a pioneering modern master of what he termed “skin and bones” architecture. Mies, who designed the elegant, deceptively simple thirty-eight-story tower along with Philip Johnson (1906–2005), emphasized the beauty of structure and fine materials, and set the building back from the avenue, creating an urban oasis with the building’s plaza. Through her choice, Lambert established her role as a leading architectural patron and singlehandedly changed the face of American urban architecture. Building Seagram is a comprehensive personal and scholarly history of a major building and its architectural, cultural, and urban legacies. Lambert makes use of previously unpublished personal archives, company correspondence, and photographs to tell an insider’s view of the debates, resolutions, and unknown dramas of the building’s construction, as well as its crucial role in the history of modern art and architectural culture.
Phyllis Lambert is founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. A licensed architect, she has contributed essays to numerous books and is the subject of the 2007 documentary film Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture. Barry Bergdoll is professor of architectural history in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University and the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Price: Free for AIA members, DOCOMOMO members, and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right
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Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee
Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.
2013 Book Talk Series:
Monday, January 14, 2013: Robert Geddes, FAIA, Fit: An Architect's Manifesto
Monday, February 11, 2013: Grand Central Terminal Centennial Authors Panel with John Belle, FAIA and Maxinne Leighton, Associate AIA, Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives; Sam Roberts, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America; and Anthony Robins, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
Monday, March 11, 2013: Marvin Mass, The Invisible Architect
Monday, April 8, 2013: Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIA NY Chapter, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities
Monday, May 13, 2013: Richard Poulin, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History
Monday, June 10, 2013: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking
Monday, July 8, 2013: Raymund Ryan, White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes
Monday, August 12, 2013: Vishaan Chakrabarti, A Country of Cities
Monday, September 9, 2013: David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge, New York and Los Angeles, The Uncertain Future
Monday, October 28, 2013: Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram
Monday, November 4, 2013: University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture, HOUR 25 - CANCELED
Monday, December 9, 2013: Martin Filler, Makers of Modern Architecture
2014 Book Talk Series
Monday, January 13, 2014: Alexandros Washburn, The Nature of Urban Design
Monday, February 10, 2014: Françoise Bollack, Old Buildings New Forms
A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2013.