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Conference: Reconsidering Postmodernism

Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, 2011

Co-Sponsored by the Schools of Architecture of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami

Four hundred designers, architects, scholars, and passionate cognoscenti gathered on November 11th and 12th, 2011 for an international conference called Reconsidering Postmodernism. It was sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art coincident with the 30th publication anniversary of one of the movement’s iconoclastic landmarks, From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe. Together they investigated a historical design movement that still stirs strong views pro and con as also evidenced in London, where the V&A exhibited Postmodernism as part of its fabled 20th century design series. Anglo–American architect and theorist, Charles Jencks, was an honored guest as the author who in 1975 first invented the term. In an essay called The Rise of Postmodern Architecture, he explained the brand new moniker thusly, “ This title is evasive. If I knew what to call it, I wouldn’t use the negative pre-fix ‘post’. It is rather like defining women as ‘non-men’…” And so it started to transform global culture.

As Dean Robert A.M. Stern summarized, “We are all postmodernists today. And to paraphrase Philip Johnson, we cannot not know history.”

Click here for a recommended reading list of texts on the topic of Postmodernism.


All Photos © 2011 Sterne Slaven


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