This seminar looks at the oft-overlooked contributions of Italian-born Brazilian architect, editor, and designer Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most creative and expressive practitioners of the twentieth century.
Beginning with her roots and training first in Rome and then in Milan, this conversation explores Bo Bardi's groundbreaking work as an heir to Italian rationalism as well as an innovator in her own right. Her buildings, furniture, and jewelry combine careful architectural training and a sensitivity to the environment in which they were situated and the that consumed them. Highlights of this conversation will include the architect's own home, or Glass House, MASP (the Saõ Paulo Museum of Art), and the Casa do Chame-Chame, as well as her more brutalist SESC Pompeia.
Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will provide an in-depth introduction to this key figure in modernist architecture and design. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Bo Bardi's unique residential as well as cultural and commercial projects buttressed by a review of influences on her work and thinking as well as the legacy she left behind
This conversation is part of a series on architects with Dr. Jennie Hirsh. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.
Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.