The Canadian Centre for Architecture announced two events taking place in November: the 2010 Mellon Colloquium entitled â€śThe CCA in an Expanding Curatorial Fieldâ€ť reuniting international experts in curatorial practice and a lecture by Mellon Senior Fellow, Maristella Casciato, on 18 November.
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A colloquium entitled "The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in an expanding curatorial field", will take place at the CCA from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 November 2010. Open to the public. Free Admission.
Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the event which is open to the public, will draw together a panel of experts from architectural schools and museums, architectural publications, and museum institutions, all of whom working, both conceptually and empirically, within a curatorial framework.
The colloquium has been organized in response to a renewed interest that is emerging around curatorial practice within the field of architecture: the schools of architecture in north America and Europe have started to integrate the subject within their curriculum, and architecture museums, like the CCA, areÂ looking to a new generation of curators of architecture, trained outside of art history and museum studies programs.
CCA Director and Chief Curator, Mirko Zardini explains; â€ścuratorial practices and activities are now extending beyond the traditional realms of collections and exhibitions, into areas such as the web.
We are witnessing this shift permeate through the research opportunities at the CCA, where an increasing number of top scholars and academics in residence are pursuing curatorial projects. This is something the CCA wishes to evaluate, with a view to establish a new series of curatorial internships, and residencies.â€ť
The Colloquium will consist of three main panel discussions that will focus on pedagogical orientations, curatorial programs and practices, and institutional perspectives.
Confirmed participants include:
Barry Bergdoll, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Ole Bouman, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Rotterdam
FranĂ§ois Chaslin, France Culture â€“ Radio France, Paris
Pippo Ciorra, Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo, Rome
Jean-Louis Cohen, New York University, New York
Cynthia Davidson, Log magazine, New York
Eva DĂaz, Pratt Institute, New York
Kurt W. Forster, Yale University, New Haven
Fabrizio Gallanti, Abitare, Milan
Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Sylvia Lavin, University of California, Los Angeles
Pieter Martin, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis
Felicity Scott, Columbia University, New York
Philip Ursprung, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
On 18 November, Maristella Casciato, Professor of Architectural History, School of Architecture â€śAldo Rossiâ€ť at Cesena, will present a lecture entitled â€śIntroducing Pierre Jeanneret â€” architect, designer, educator â€” in Chandigarhâ€ť. The event is open to the public. The admission is free.
Professor Casciato is one of two Senior Mellon Scholars in residence at the CCA in 2010. The other is Canadian Robert Burley, photographer, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, who delivered a lecture on â€śThe Architecture of Photography in an Age of Obsolescence" on 16 September 2010, in the Paul Desmarais Theatre.
In her presentation, Professor Casciato will examine Architect Pierre Jeanneretâ€™s pivotal contribution to the construction of Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab and the first modern city after Indian independence
In 1950, the Swiss born architect, Jeanneret (1896-1967) was invited by his cousin Le Corbusier to work alongside him, and the British architects E. Maxwell Fry and Jane B. Drew, on the Chandigarh project.
After the epic beginning of the construction of Chandigarh, Jeanneret stayed and continued to work in India until 1965 when he returned to Geneva for health reasons. Two years later he died in the city where he was born. Jeanneretâ€™s deep attachment to Chandigarh was poignantly made manifest on April 25, 1970 when, according to his wish, his ashes were dispersed in Chandigarhâ€™s Sukhna Lake
Prof. Casciato was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (1992) and a Visiting Professorship at the Institut National dâ€™Histoire de lâ€™Art in Paris (2004). She has served as chair of Docomomo International from 2002 until 2009. She has taught at MIT, Harvard University, Cornell University, Universidad de Navarra and UniversitĂ di Roma Tre. She is currently writing on Pierre Jeanneret and his projects for Chandigarh.