ARTH 556 Spring 2014 From Furness to Wright: the Roots of Architectural Modernism, 1865-1914

Cross Listed as ARTH456
A building should express the facts of its program and materials--directly and without sentimentality. A building should be a physical manifestation of the personality and ego of its creator. These demands are mutually exclusive--on the one hand, radical objectivity, on the other, radical subjectivity--yet together they form the basis for modern architecture at the turn of the 20th century. The architectural lineage of Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright is marked especially by the high degree of tension between the competing demands of objectivity and personal expression. This seminar will explore the theoretical roots of their architecture, its philosophical sources in transcendentalism, Unitarianism, German romanticism; and treating such aspects as decorative arts, architectural education and theory, and architectural autobiography.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: a 25-page research paper and seminar presentation; regular participation in seminar discussions
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: places for 7 undergraduate [ARTH 456] and 7 graduate students [ARTH 556] assured; preference given to senior Art History majors and Graduate Program students
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 3391
ARTH556-01(S) SEM Furness to Wright, 1865-1914 Division 1: Languages and the Arts Michael J. Lewis
W 1:40 PM-4:20 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 3391
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