The Canadian Centre for Architecture’s exhibition, The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture is based on The Open University’s pioneering module A305, History of Architecture and Design, 1890–1939, taught between 1975 and 1982.
Professor Elizabeth McKellar and Emeritus Professor Tim Benton, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, are academic consultants for the exhibition, which runs 14 November 2017–1 April 2018.
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What inspired and kick-started the Modern Movement in architecture?Read now ❯Modernist architecture: Roots (1920-1929)
The Louvre was designed to house a great art collection for the people of France. Was there a plan from the outset to build a canon of work where the relationships between artists, their origins, their schools and faiths could be traced across centuries? And how did architect I.M.Pei persuade President Mitterrand to allow a pyramid to be built at the Louvre? The album goes on to explore how architecture can reflect relationships between different traditions. Two great buildings, Palladio’s church of the Redentore in Venice and Sinan’s Sokullu Mehmet Pasha mosque in Istanbul illustrate shared approaches to the purpose for which the spaces were designed. This material is taken from The Open University course A216 Art and its histories.Listen now ❯Art and architecture
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This module aims to broaden understandings of 'Art History' in terms of methods, materials, spaces and sites of practice. It explores relationships between visual arts and the public realm by examining contexts within which art, architecture and design are situated and mediated, ranging from consideration of the professional practice of art historians, within and outside academia, to exploring public realms of print media and the built environment. Central to the module is the development of subject specific research skills and practices which build throughout the module towards the dissertation.Learn more ❯MA Art History part 2
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