SARA HARRINGTON and JOE CONSOLI
The Modernist Movement
Today's speakers are both from the Rutgers Art Library. Dr. Consoli is a medievalist and Dr. Harrington's research has included French literature.
In the library, landscape architecture is mostly in SB. The holdings are scattered around many of the libraries at Rutgers. The librarians stressed the value of students and faculty using them as conduits of information.
Joe points out that in Invisible Gardens Peter Walker concedes that modernism is not properly defined for landscape architecture.
Female figures play a recurring role in art history
Mona Lisa by DaVinci <--> Woman II by Willem DeKooning <--> Venus of Willendorf
Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère a symbol of a new age of leisure
Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) - this leads to a colorful coparison involving Holly and a neighborhood in Amsterdam
. . . . . Increasingly abstract, we go on
Pollock's Number 5 (1950)
Michelangelo's David (1501-1504)
Auguste Rodin's The Age of Bronze - so realistic that Rodin got defensive trying to prove it was carved, not cast diretly from the model.
Rodin's massive Gates of Hell
Brancusi's The Kiss - "a basic abstract piece of work that shows nothing but unadulterated love"
In Romania, Brancusi's Table of Silence, Gate of the Kiss, and Endless Column in Târgu Jiu
. . . . . . On to architecture
FLW's Robie House - he broke the box
Le Corbusier's Villa Savoy, a machine for living
Mies - Seagrams' Building was called the most important building of the millenium
Mary Cassatt's The Bath
The tools you should know
- JSTOR - excellent repository for scholarly publications - has an architecture module
- Artstor - authoritative source for digital images
- Oxford Art Online (Grove)
- Avery Index for Architectural Periodicals