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03.21.12 | SCI-Arc Lecture Series, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Anthony Vidler: James Frazier Stirling: Notes from the Archive – Crisis of Modernism

Wednesday, March 21, 7pm
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Eric Owen Moss

Anthony Vidler, a historian and critic of architecture, is Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. Trained in architecture at Cambridge University in England, with a PhD in history and theory from TU Delft, he was a member of the faculty of the Princeton University School of Architecture from 1965 to 1993, serving as the Chair of the Ph.D. Committee, and Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies.

In 1993, Vidler took up a position as Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA, before joining the The Cooper Union in 2001. He has curated several exhibitions, most recently, Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, Architect and Teacher at Yale University, The Tate Britain, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Vidler, whose works have been published widely, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Architecture, 2011.

"Jim Stirling was a bird-watcher; not a trainspotter, nor a blogger, nor a twitterer. He walked the landscape, travelled the architectural tradition, and watched society in all its forms and functions. Out of this he forged an architecture that was at once entirely personal and fundamentally public. Assembled in its volumes and spaces of circulation as a complex amalgam of historical allusion and brilliant innovation, Stirling's architecture was neither post-modern nor modern: it was simply contemporary. This lecture ransacks the archive to present his drawings as multiple iterations of a working method—a process of design that demonstrates the "patient search" that architecture was, and still should be."