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Forensic Aesthetics:
Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman in conversation on their recent book Mengele's Skull

 April 24, 2012 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | 5.00pm | N107, Princeton School of Architecture

Eyal Weizman will be joining Thomas Keenan for Princeton University's final Media and Modernity event of the 2011-12 academic year. The two will be there to discuss the relationship between human rights, legal-political discourse, and the ethical claims made on us by artifacts and objects. This discussion on “forensic aesthetics” will draw on a book they recently co-wrote on Josef Mengele (Mengele's Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics) as well as Weizman's upcoming book, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence From Arendt to Gaza, which uses his “forensic-architectural” framework to examine how the rhetoric of human rights (“the lesser evil”) can be used to legitimate different kinds of violence.

Anachronic Architecture:
Christopher Wood in conversation with Lucia Allais, Spyros Papapetros and Christopher Heuer

 December 7, 2011 

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 | 4.30pm | N107, Princeton School of Architecture

Christopher Wood is Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and a current member of the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has been a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University; a Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome; the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He has taught as a visitor at the University of California (Berkeley), Vassar College, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape (1993), Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (2008), and (with Alexander Nagel) Anachronic Renaissance (2010); and editor of The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s (2000).

Kissing + Komplex:
Hal Foster and Sylvia Lavin in conversation on Art and Architecture

 November 29, 2011 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 | 5.00pm | Betts Auditorium, Princeton School of Architecture

Princeton University Professor Hal Foster (Townsend Martin '17 Professor, Department of Art and Archaeology) and Visiting Professor in Architecture Sylvia Lavin (Professor, Former Chair and current Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA) will discuss current issues and their own writing regarding intersections of contemporary art and architecture. This event celebrates Professor Foster's and Lavin's recent publications on this theme: Hal Foster, "The Art Architecture Complex" (Verso, 2011) and Sylvia Lavin, "Kissing Architecture" (Princeton University Press, 2011).

Unfinished Spaces
Film screening and round table with architect Ricardo Porro,
filmmakers Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray,
Stan Allen, Beatriz Colomina, Rubén Gallo and John Loomis.

 October 18, 2011 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 | 5.00pm | Betts Auditorium, Princeton School of Architecture

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists. Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray 2011 / HD / Color / 16:9 (1.78:1) / 86 min / Stereo
This event is sponsored by the Program in Media and Modernity, the School of Architecture, and the Program in Latin American Studies.

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