Whyte to discuss work of Bruno Taut

Distinguished scholar Iain Boyd Whyte, professor of architectural history at the University of Edinburgh and a senior visiting program officer for the Getty Grant Program, will speak on “Expressionist Architecture” at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 for the Gallery of Art.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in Steinberg Auditorium.

Whyte’s research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century architecture, particularly early architectural modernism in the German-speaking countries and the Netherlands.

His talk will examine the work of the German modernist architect Bruno Taut. Whyte is an authority on Taut’s work, having edited the 1989 collection Crystal Chain Letters: Architectural Fantasies by Bruno Taut and His Circle.

His other research interests include architectural and aesthetic theory, film and architecture and Anglo-German literary relations. He has also written extensively on German painting and was co-curator of the 23rd Council of Europe Exhibition, “Art and Power: Europe Under the Dictators 1930-46,” shown in London, Barcelona and Berlin in 1995-96.

His publications include the forthcoming Biopolis: Patrick Geddes and the City of Life and the recent Modernism and the Spirit of the City and What Is Modernism. Works in progress include a reader on the German city, in collaboration with David Frisby, professor at the University of Glasgow.

Whyte’s lecture is sponsored by the Gallery of Art as well as the departments of Art History and Archaeology and Germanic Languages and Literatures, both in Arts & Sciences.

For more information, call 935-4523.

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