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Join us for an online talk with Professor Anthony Vidler, architectural historian, critic, curator and Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union.

Chaired by Sir John Soane’s Museum’s Exhibitions Curator, Louise Stewart, this talk will chart artistic and architectural visions of hell, from the romantic depictions of hell and death in Soane’s day to the satirical dystopias and troubled imaginings of contemporary artists in our present age. Professor Vidler will discuss his own research and writing on the uncanny, the ideal (and evil) city and the role of architecture in society; with particular reference to the impact of climate change and rapid urban development on our contemporary built environment.

This event complements our current exhibition, Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday, a nostalgic and ironic tour of the artist’s architectural visions of hell, in a new series of large-scale watercolours created especially for Sir John Soane’s Museum.

About Anthony Vidler

Professor Anthony Vidler is Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. He is an architectural historian and critic, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present.

Vidler studied at Cambridge University and the University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Dean Vidler was Chair of Architecture and Director of Programme at the Princeton University School of Architecture, Chair of the Department of Art History and professor at the School of Architecture at UCLA and was appointed Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2001.

He is a designer and curator of exhibitions and has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011.

Vidler’s publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely, Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime, which received the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. 

Date: Tue 7 December
Times: 6:30pm-7:15pm GMT
Tickets: Free, registration necessary

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07 Dec 2021

6:30pm - 7:15pm


Online talk