HTC Forum

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The HTC Forum is the main lecture series of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program. It is organized by graduate students with the HTC Faculty and made possible in part by the Lipstadt-Stieber Fund. Other talks organized by faculty may also be listed among the Forum lectures. All of them are free and open to the public.

Directions to the Long Lounge (7-429): From 77 Massachusetts Avenue, go up the steps and enter, you are in building 7. Take the elevator that is in the back left-hand corner to the fourth floor and exit to the left (alternatively take the stairs located near the elevator behind the set of double doors, then exit to the right). Go straight and The Long Lounge is on your left-hand side. The general location can be seen on the campus map. However, it will not show a specific room location.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
3-133

 This talk and open discussion is taken from Stewart's new study, The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2020). There she traces, from classical texts to twentieth-century monuments, the Western fascination with ruins and asks why, paradoxically, ruins and ruination have became central to our aesthetics, including the practices of painters, print-makers, poets, and architectural theorists.

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
7-429 Long Lounge

No event has given “democracy” a worse name than the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the pretext of bringing democracy to Iraq. Since then, more controversies have obstructed Iraq’s right to heal from conflict.

May 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
7-429 Long Lounge

This talk examines the visual relationship between the cotton trade and the representation of the black body in American culture, using historical case studies and contemporary art. Juxtaposing contemporary interventions with historical moments, it examines how cotton materially influenced the way black bodies were seen, and how black Americans saw themselves, as both enslaved and free Americans.