May 5, 2015
Wallis Miller, the Charles Parker Graves Endowed Associate Professor in Architecture, gave a talk in the Rice School of Architecture's Spring 2012 Lecture Series, "More Judgment." Her lecture, titled "Architecture Exhibitions and the Emergence of Modernism," explored the ways in which exhibitions played a central role in constructing a definition of Modern Architecture in Germany and beyond.
Wallis discusses her lecture: "We speak freely of the Barcelona Pavilion as one of the canonical examples of Modern Architecture without worrying that it was built for an exhibition. But exhibitions were essential to the emergence of Modern Architecture, consolidating both a design language and the groups of designers who used it. Starting with examples from the mid 19th century, the talk works its way through exhibitions in the 1920s to end with what is arguably their legacy: the International Exhibition - Modern Architecture show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1932."
Wallis Miller writes about architecture exhibitions and museums; her work includes “Circling the Square” for the exhibition O.M. Ungers Kosmos der Architektur at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and “Mies and Exhibitions,” for the exhibition Mies in Berlin at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her current project is “Architecture on Display: Exhibitions, Museums, and the Emergence of Modernism in Germany”, a book about the formative role of collecting and exhibiting for German architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts have supported her work. Currently she is a visiting scholar for “Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture” at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, a project supported by a four-year grant from the Norwegian Research Council. As the Charles P. Graves Associate Professor of Architecture, a faculty member at the Gaines Center for the Humanities, and an affiliated faculty member in Historic Preservation and Art History, she teaches courses on Modern and Contemporary Architecture, American Architecture, History of Museums and Exhibitions, and Monuments and Memorials.