We are pleased to report that the MA Program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture in London, founded by Professor Mosette Broderick, began its second year this fall. Last year’s inaugural class has graduated and its members have begun new jobs in related fields or are pursuing advanced degrees. A short promotional video was made in November and can be viewed on the program’s website. Additional video segments will be shown in an informational OPEN HOUSE on Monday, February 6 at 5:00 in Room 307 in the Department of Art History . All are invited to attend.
Please join us on Thursday, February 9 in the Department of Art History, Silver Center, Room 300 at 6:30 for the annual Ritchie Markoe Scribner ’75 Lecture. This year’s lecture, Ibrahim El Salahi’s Postcolonial Modernism, will be given by Professor Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University) and will discuss the role and place of the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El Salahi in the emergence of postcolonial modernism in Africa during the independence decade, late 1950s to late 1960s.
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Wednesday, January 18
Bar opens at 7pm / Screening at 7:30pm
*Post-screening Q&A with Joseph Heathcott,
Associate Professor of Urban Studies at The New School
Pruitt-Igoe was a low-cost segregated public housing project in St. Louis, MO. First occupied in 1954 only to be demolished eighteen years later, this ambitious project (designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki) has achieved legendary status as a failure of amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. But what can we learn from its story beyond simplistic conclusions about public housing? Using poignant testimonies from some of the project’s residents, insights from journalists and sociologists and a wealth of vivid archival footage, director Chad Friedrichs traces the complex story of Pruitt-Igoe from its hopeful beginnings through its violent decay and notorious implosion. Taking an expansive approach to the project’s history, Friedrichs explores the social, economic and legislative issues behind the birth and decline of conventional public housing in post-WWII American cities and the personal narratives of those who lived through it.
“[The film] combines concise but thoroughgoing sociological-historical analysis and elegant cinematic resources in service of an uncommonly artful example of film journalism.” – Robert Koehler, Variety
(Directed by Chad Friedrichs; 83 minutes; 2011; U.S.; in English)
Buy tickets here: http://www.exitart.org/digimovies/tickets.html