Professor Timothy Rohan Moderates Panel at Sarasota MOD Weekend
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
About the Event
From November 9th to November 11th, modern architecture enthusiasts gathered in Sarasota, Florida for lectures, a film screening, art exhibition, exclusive house and driving tours, and cocktail parties. Presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF), Sarasota MOD Weekend marked the centennial of the birth of Paul Rudolph, a Sarasota School of Architecture co-founder. Special guest and renowned architecture critic Paul Goldberger gave a keynote presentation on Saturday, which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by UMass Professor Timothy Rohan. The discussion, Reassessing Rudolph, included contributors to a recent publication by the same name. Brian Goldstein and Ken Tadashi Oshima participated in the discussion.
Professor Timothy Rohan’s scholarship focuses on modern architectural history and he has conducted extensive research on the work of Paul Rudolph. In addition to editing Reassessing Rudolph, Rohan wrote the first major study of Rudolph, titled The Architecture of Paul Rudolph.
The Rudolph centennial celebrations will conclude in California with a one-day symposium about the architect on February 18, 2019, which is part of the larger Palm Springs Modernism Conference. Dean Deborah Berke of the Yale School of Architecture will preside. Tim has been invited to lecture about Rudolph’s career during his later years. The symposium also relates to the erection for the conference of a replica of Rudolph’s Walker Guest House (1954). It was transported by truck from Sarasota, Florida where it had been exhibited at the Ringling Museum of Art.
About the Sarasota School of Architecture
In the years after World War II, a group of Sarasota-based architects adapted the principles of mid-century modernist design to the unique demands of Florida’s environment in a sleepy artists’ colony off the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The movement they created helped transform the small town into a cosmopolitan cultural center—and eventually became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Today, the movement’s impact goes far beyond the region where it was born. Such celebrated architects as Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert and Carl Abbott established a globally significant legacy of fearless originality, raw talent, restless invention, honest materials, and design for a human scale. Today, many contemporary modernists continue to build on that legacy, and keep the movement alive.
Description above courtesy of Sarasota MOD website.
Find more information about the event and the Sarasota MOD Weekend on the Sarasota MOD website.
Paul Rudolph's Hiss "Umbrella" House (1953), pictured above, was open to the public during the Sarasota Modernism Conference.
Photos by Tim Rohan