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Noted Experts To Gather At The University Of Virginia’s School Of Architecture To Reveal The Foundations Of 20th Century Architecture And Design

September 20, 2004 -- Barry Bergdoll, professor and chairman of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York City, will give the keynote address at the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s fall symposium “Modernism Unplugged.”

In his talk on Friday, Oct. 1, at 5:15 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153, Bergdoll will discuss the underlying ideas, architects and designers that preceded the International Style movement and influenced modern architecture.

Bergdoll is an expert in 19th and 20th century architecture and culture and an authority on new technologies. He is the author of several books including, “Mies in Berlin,” “European Architecture 1750-1890,” “Leon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry” and the introduction to “ The Eiffel Tower / Photographs by Lucien Herve.”

The two-day symposium gets its name from the 1990s MTV series, “Unplugged,” which featured rock’n’roll artists performing their music in an acoustic setting — which placed emphasis on the underlying structure of music that originally was loud and electric in its creation. In this vein, “Modernism Unplugged” will examine the roots of 20th century modern architecture and design by exploring the philosophy of artists who were fundamental in developing it.

Saturday’s panels and discussions include “The English House at 100: Reconsidering the Works of Hermann Muthesius” and “The Development of Modern Architecture, Historically Reconsidered.” In addition to Bergdoll, symposium participants include Stefan Muthesius from the University of East Anglia, U.K.; Richard Guy Wilson, from U.Va.; Dell Upton, from U.Va; Laurent Stalder from the Université Laval, Quebec; Gwendolyn Wright from Columbia University; Howard Singerman from U.Va.; and Kevin Repp from Yale University.

Bergdoll’s talk is free of charge and open to the public. The symposium is free to all University faculty and students. There is a $15 charge for the Friday reception and tickets must be purchased in advance. For all others, there is a $35 symposium fee, plus $15 for the Friday reception and $8 for Saturday lunch. For reservations and questions about the symposium, call Patty DeCourcy at (434) 924-1428 or e-mail pbm7v@virginia.edu. The symposium schedule and registration details are listed on the Web at: http://www.arch.virginia.edu/symposia/modunplugged.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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