LECTURE | Cultures of Place - William Curtis, "Abstraction and Light: A Meditation on the Alhambra"
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tucson Museum of Art
140 N. Main StreetTucson
William J. R. Curtis is an award-winning historian, critic, writer, curator, painter and photographer. He has taught history of architecture, theories of design and architectural studios at many universities around the world, including Harvard University, the Architectural Association in London, and the University of Cambridge where he was Slade Professor of Fine Art (2003–4). He is committed to visual education in a broad sense and has developed an integrated approach considering the multiple forces that influence form and complexities of meaning. Over the years Curtis has taught at more than twelve other institutions. He has also held numerous honorary and visiting posts and has lectured worldwide.
Curtis's best-known books include Modern Architecture Since 1900 (3rd edition, Phaidon, 1996) and Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms (2nd edition, 2015). He is a prolific author who has written dozens of monographs and other texts on architects ranging from Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright. His writings on Latin America, on post-colonial societies and so-called ‘developing countries', have been pioneering in the field.
Curtis also exhibits and publishes his own paintings, drawings, and photographs in countries from Finland to Spain to the US. In 2015 there was a major retrospective exhibition of his artistic production in the Palace of Carlos V in the Alhambra with the title Abstraction and Light. Drawings, Paintings, Photographs by William J.R. Curtis, accompanied by a book of the same title with an Introduction by Alvaro Siza.
Curtis has received awards from the Society of Architectural Historians in the US, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the Comité Internationale des Critiques d'Architecture, the AIA, and too many more societies and institutions to name.
The 2018-2019 School of Architecture Lecture Series will train attention on the ways we define “place”. Experience of place springs simultaneously from sensual perception of the environment and our ecological habitat and from the cultural constructions of our social milieu, including cultures of building and making. “Place” may occur for us in nature, in the city, or in our professional lives. Join us for a thorough examination of the places each of us inhabits, the cultures that condition and interpret them, and the role architecture can play as a lens onto our world and a portal to the future.