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Sylvia Lavin in Conversation with Mark Kingwell: Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths

  • University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Main Hall, 1 Spadina Crescent Toronto Canada (map)

CCA Guest Curator Sylvia Lavin joins University of Toronto Philosophy professor Mark Kingwell for a discussion on themes raised in the CCA exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths.

This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.

A joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and their exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodern Myths(Nov. 7, 2018 – Apr. 7, 2019).

Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths proposes a counter-reading of postmodern procedures, replacing the myth of the autonomous architect with accounts of empirically describable architectural activity. The exhibition makes original contributions both to a counter-historiography of the postmodern and to contemporary curatorial methods.

A broad selection of material evidence—including drawings, models, and primary source documents gathered from building sites, libraries, and archives including the CCA collection—supports accounts of architects’ and architecture’s entanglements with bureaucracy, the art market, and academic and private institutions, as postmodernization challenges the discipline to redefine its modes of practice and reconsider the very idea of architecture itself.

Curator: Sylvia Lavin
Associate Curator: Sarah Hearne
Exhibition design: Besler & Sons, Princeton/Brooklyn
Graphic design: Chad Kloepfer, Cambridge

Earlier Event: November 6
BEAT Dinner with Kelly Bair
Later Event: November 9
Film + talk: Islands and Villages