Drawing Courtesy of Columbus Architectural Archives

Creative Syncretism:

This two-day workshop in Columbus will celebrate Weese’s
architecture and take place at the Indiana University
Center for Art and Design (IUCA+D). Columbus provides the
perfect venue for the workshop because this small Midwestern
town contains a high concentration of Weese’s early works in
close proximity to buildings by his teacher and mentor,
Eliel Saarinen and his son, Eero. The panelists will visit the Weese
buildings in the context of site and city rather than relying on
two-dimensional photographs. This in situ perspective will inform
the insights of the panel taking place on day two. A concurrent
exhibition will feature documents from the Chicago Art Institute
and from the Columbus Architectural Archives about Harry
Weese and works from members of the panel, all of whom are
regional modernists of today. The integrated exhibit of historic
works by Weese and contemporary architectural works by
members of the panel will serve as a basis for coherent discourse,
comparison and critique. The exhibition opening on the evening of
April 4th will be preceded by an introductory talk by Bradley
Brooks from the IMA. On April 5th, the formal workshop will convene with a
keynote lecture by Robert Bruegmann. Additional presentations
will follow, given by the director of IUCA+D, Kelly Wilson;
Eric Sandweiss, urban and architectural historian; Marleen Newman
and Louis Joyner. An afternoon plenary discussion panel will be moderated
by Kelly Wilson. This panel will consist of the architects: Ben and Cynthia Weese,
 Marlon Blackwell, Frank Harmon, Julie Snow and Maryann Thompson.
This symposium is intended to provide a critical review of initial research
into the design analysis of Harry Weese’s architectural accomplishments.

Please register HERE
This event is free and open to the public but space is limited.

Special Thanks to our sponsors:

College Arts and Humanities Institute - Indiana University
Columbus Area Visitors Center- www.columbus.in.us
Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL
Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design - Indiana University
Department of History - Indiana University