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Aaron Betsky will give a series of public lectures about contemporary architecture and theory

January 6, 2012   |   School

Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, will give a series of six public lectures titled, “Where We Are Now,” that will explore current issues in contemporary architecture.

Betsky describes the series: “The diversity of what we call architecture today is astonishing. From barely viable blobs to piles of sticks in the woods, and from instant cities to pop up stores, architecture encompasses an amazing range of scales, techniques, degrees of reality, and styles. These lectures will look at the immediate past as well as the present to survey and make sense of Postmodernism and its aftermath.“ All of the lectures will be posted online here.

All lectures will take place in Pence 209 starting at 7pm. One AIA LU credit is available for each lecture.

  • January 11 - Introduction: Modernism, Postmodernism, Blobism, Reuse: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going 
  • February 1 - Postmodernism: A Closer look; from Complexity & Contradiction to Classicism
  • February 29 - Postmodernism into Deconstructivism: Things Fall Apart
  • March 28 - The Netherlands: Project-Based Working
  • April 11 - Machines and Networks
  • April 23 - Hunting And Gathering: Reuse and Collage: The Case Against Buildings

Aaron Betsky is an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since August 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 2001 to 2006 Betsky served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Although Betsky was born in Missoula, Montana, USA, he grew up in The Netherlands. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters (1979) and a M.Arch. (1983). He then taught at the University of Cincinnati from 1983 to 1985 and worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung. From 1995-2001 Betsky was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before moving back to The Netherlands.

Betsky has written numerous monographs on the work of late 20th century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture, and is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of Queer theory.

Betsky was named the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.