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Brutal Library

A guide devoted to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Axinn Library building.

Symposium Schedule

Brutal Library 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Preliminary Agenda

10:15 – 11:45 Keynote speaker Peter Chadwick (Cultural Center Theater)

Peter Chadwick will deliver the keynote lecture and serve as scholar-in-residence for the symposium. He is a London-based art director and graphic designer. Peter studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then worked at Creation Records, where he designed for chart-topping bands including Primal Scream and Spiritualized. After setting up his own studio in 1996, Peter masterminded campaigns for major artists including Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, Cream and Hed Kandi. Peter runs the popular This Brutal House twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and is a champion of Brutalist architecture the world over. His recent book This Brutal World (Phaidon, 2016) has been described as “a beautifully curated visual manifesto” for Brutalism.

11:45 – 12:45 Brian Sirman, Yankee Brutalism (Cultural Center Theater)

Brian Sirman is an architectural historian whose scholarship centers on the intersection of twentieth-century architecture and politics. Having earned his Ph.D. from Boston University's American & New England Studies Program, he has taught at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lesley University, MCPHS University, and Trinity Washington University.  His book, Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall, is forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2018.

2:30 – 4:30 Panel response, Daniel Rubey, moderator (Cultural Center Theater)

Alexandra Lange
Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, MAS Context, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She has been a featured writer at Design Observer and an Opinion columnist at Dezeen. She has taught design criticism at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. She was a 2014 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Peter Bentel
Prior to receiving his undergraduate degree in the visual arts at Princeton University, Peter Bentel was a sculptor in Pietrasanta, Italy. He received his graduate degree in architecture at Harvard University, where he was co-editor of The Harvard Architecture Review VII, and his postgraduate education in the history and theory of modern architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, and a licensed architect.

4:45 pm Reception and cake – Ground floor lounge with “Angles on Axinn” exhibit (student art)


Event Details handled by Hofstra Cultural Center

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