Indifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity - Virtual Event

Date: March 5, 2021 - June 15, 2021
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm


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Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Timothy Hyde presentsIndifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity.”
The architectural remains of modernity—the remains of those expansive processes of economic exploitation, scientific research, and cultural circulation—comprise a vast inventory of objects. The architectural objects that directly constituted the technological realities of modernity (skyscrapers, train stations, dams, schools) have received ample scrutiny, while those that formed the social realities of modernity have been elevated into privileged view as instances of diverse vernaculars. But many other architectural remains, though vital participants in networks of exchange or circulation, lie on the periphery of aesthetic interest or historical attention, characterized not by their presence but by their indifference. It is a complex indifference that consists of unremarkable appearance but also a resistance to the conventional inquiries of architectural histories and an unsettling unconcern for the bodies that built and occupied them.
Timothy Hydes associate professor of architectural history and theory at MIT. His most recent book, Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye, examines the entanglements of aesthetic judgment with instruments of judgment in law, science, religion, and political economy. He is also the author of Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba and articles on the legal and material registers of modern architecture. As the Clark/Oakley Fellow, Hyde will work on an architectural history of environmentally contingent networks of modernity, examining building sites that range from Antarctic expedition huts to Caribbean sugar warehouses.
This a prerecorded lecture is publicly available March 5 through June 15.

Other Upcoming Virtual Events in this : Spring 2021 Lectures Series:

Friday, March 5th Timothy Hyde (MIT), “Indifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity”

Friday, March 19thRobert Schindler (Birmingham Museum of Art), “Making Visible / Rachel Ruysch”

Friday, April 16th Jennifer Nelson (University of Wisconsin–Madison), “The Ship of Faith Surrounded: The Genre of Encounter”

Friday, April 23rd Amy Freund (Southern Methodist University),“Man/Animal/Monarch/Nation: Hunting Art and Political Power in Eighteenth-Century France”


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