Organic Design and Classical Architecture:
A Chicago Story

Monday, April 16
6 p.m.
Free for ICAA members; Public $25   Buy tickets

Presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Chicago-Midwest Chapter

In his autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright describes an offer from Daniel Burnham to send him to Paris for four years to acquire a Beaux Arts education. As fantastic as the idea of Frank Lloyd Wright at the French École may seem today, the intriguing question remains: what did Burnham see in the young Wright to prompt such a generous offer? This lecture will explore what points of contact existed between the organic ideal championed by Louis Sullivan and Wright and the classical tradition Burnham represented.

About the Speaker

Denis Doordan is a historian and professor of architecture and design at the University of Notre Dame. He co-edits Design Issues, recognized as one of the leading academic journals devoted to design studies. Doordan has authored a number of books and articles, such as the survey text Twentieth Century Architecture; he has also served as an exhibition consultant and contributed catalog essays for architecture and design exhibits organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and more. In 1999 and again in 2006, Doordan received the John A. Kaneb Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

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