SCI-Arc Lecture: Joan Ockman – Between Ornament and Monument, Siegfried Kracauer and the Substance of the Surface

Siegfried Kracauer, a cultural theorist and film critic active during the Weimar Republic and then in the United States, was trained as an architect. His theory of the mass ornament is the point of departure for a reflection on the architectural spectacle.

Joan Ockman served as Director of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP from 1994 to 2008 and was a faculty member at the school for over two decades. She has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Cooper Union, Graduate Center of City University of New York, Berlage Institute, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her most recent book is Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012), and her award-winning anthology Architecture Culture 1943–1968 (Rizzoli, 1993) is now in its fifth printing.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
    960 E. 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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