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Upcoming Morgan Lectures

Ed Hamilton, Frederick Lindley Morgan Visiting Professor

Speed Art Museum Auditorium, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:00pm

Life Choices

As the Morgan Professor for spring 2011, Ed Hamilton teaches a class on Public Art at the Hite Art Institute. This lecture will focus on the steps necessary to create a successful site-specific public space. Examples of works designed by the Public Art class, as well as concepts they created for Freedom Park on campus, will be showcased within the lecture and exhibited at the reception.

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Previous Morgan Lectures

Dana Buntrock, Frederick Lindley Morgan Visiting Professor

Speed Art Museum Auditorium,Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:00pm

Tradition and Today: Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture

Lecture 1-28-10

Japan nurtures two distinctly different poles of architectural practice. Innovative and up-to-date structures underscore modernity and a new social fabric, an international architecture with a purist bent: spare, state-of-the art structures, smooth and swooping, scholarly and scientific, skinned in sparkling aluminum, steel, and glass. Other architects allude to an older Asia, to Japans religious roots or residential realms. They accept ruin and idealize age, an architecture that is regionally responsive.

My book, Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tradition and Today, looks closely at the work of Kengo Kuma, Terunobu Fujimori, Fumihiko Maki, Jun Aoki, and Ryoji Suzuki. I introduce a number of wonderful works barely known in the West and I explain why these architects look both forward and to the past in their architecture. In my lecture, I share some of these stories.


Dan Boyarski, Carnegie-Mellon University, Jane Morton Norton Endowed Lecture Series

Speed Art Museum Auditorium, Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6:00pm
Title to be determined.

Dr. Adriana Zavala, Tufts University, Allen R. Hite Endowed Lecture Series

Speed Art Museum Auditorium, Thursday, April 8, 2010, 6:00pm
Intimate Encounters: Mexican Modernists and the Female Nude

Adriana Zavala's lecture will focus on the Mexican modernist María Izquierdo, examining the artist's unusual engagement with the female nude in the 1930s.  Dr. Zavala will discuss Izquierdo's paintings in the context of Mexican artists' engagement with the female nude since the turn of the nineteenth century as well as explore the ways in which Izquierdo's work can be productively set in dialogue with modernist international currents as much as the Mexican school of painting.


Dana Buntrock, Frederick Lindley Morgan Visiting Professor

Speed Art Museum Auditorium, Thursday, April 15, 2010, 6:00pm

Four small structures bursting with big ideas, SUMIKA

Lecture 3-25-10

In Spring of 2007, Toyo Ito asked three others to join him in an architectural event in Utsunomiya, a small city an hour north of Tokyo. Ito himself would offer up a structure to serve as a starting point for tours of three exhibition houses the others would design.

Itos pavilion was to be a temporary spot, as if under a tree. His design evolved into something like a small grove, four arboreal columns supporting spreading canopies of branching beams, six to a stem, almost equally angling outward.

Terunobu Fujimoris house embraces a tree trunk that is barely barked and resplendent in rough tool marks. Fujimori advocates a rudimentary and unrefined approach, in opposition to an international architecture that has grown, he asserts, too lean and attenuated, too cerebral for the common man.

For Taira Nishizawa, another of the four, nature is an active force. His approach is a crudely scientific one: he plans for prevailing winds and plots azimuth and altitude to choreograph his interior, shafts of sunlight like spotlights on a stage, highlighting inhabitants movements through the day. He underscores natures essential elements: a breeze flutters through fins along the ceiling; shafts of sunlight stand in stark contrast to an enigmatic black surround; inhabitants traverse a tiny island of interior lawn in order to reach the toilet. Nishizawas architecture is an apparatus, an unsophisticated application of expertise.

Immediately adjacent to Nishizawas simple structure is Sou Fujimotos: ten tiny cubes, unceremoniously stacked in overconfident cantilevers as if by a child. Fujimotos offering is the show-stopper on the tour. Its primitivism is in its apparently naïve organization, in enjoyment of the snakes-and-ladders-like way one must engage with it, up a ladder, down a stair.

These four structures offer a revealing snapshot of architecture in Japan today, brimming with big ideas, each articulating the values of a different era. In this lecture, it is my hope not only to explain the architecture, but also to add insight into the nature of Japans generations and their oddly different approaches.


Steve Wiser, Louisville Architect and Historian

Speed Art Museum Auditorium, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:00pm

Modern Houses of Louisville

During the 1930s, a new style of residential architecture began to be built in Louisville that featured flat roofs, no ornamentation, and spacious interiors. This was a dramatic departure from the traditional homes constructed in the city.

Modern houses are now a combination of artistic shapes and spaces. These homes are usually in secluded locations. Architect and historian Steve Wiser has assembled them into a remarkable lecture entitled, Modern Houses of Louisville. Photos by Dan Madryga will also be shown. This lecture will be a visual delight.

Steve Wiser is a Louisville architect and historian. He has been president of both Louisville Historical League and American Institute of Architects chapter.