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Symposium to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Robert Venturi’s “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”

Posted on September 14, 2016

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, and David Brownlee, the Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, are organizing a three-day symposium on November 10, 11, and 12, 2016, bringing together international scholars and architects to discuss the significance and enduring impact of this remarkable book, published by The Museum of Modern Art 50 years ago, in association with the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in The Fine Arts. The symposium is co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and the University of Pennsylvania, and will be held in both New York and Philadelphia. Programs on November 10 and 11 will take place at The Museum of Modern Art, while programs on November 12 will be held at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. A conversation with Denise Scott Brown, Venturi’s longtime partner and collaborator, will close the symposium.

The symposium will be free and open to the public, with the exception of the bus tour, for which a limited number of tickets will be sold, and the closing reception and conversation with Denise Scott Brown, for which seating is limited. The full schedule, including details about purchasing tickets for the bus tour and registering for the reception, is available at both MoMA’s website (http://moma.org/calendar/events/2430) and Penn’s website (sas.upenn.edu/arthistory/events/complexity-and-contradiction-fifty).

The opening roundtable event can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/aoDemoQ1ihg

This event is made possible through the generous support of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

Special thanks to the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Program in Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University Pennsylvania; and the University Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania

Symposium to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Robert Venturi’s “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”


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