October 7th – Professor Alice Friedman

Please join the History of Art & Architecture as we welcome Alice T. Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, Wellesley College to the 2020/2021 Speaker Series; sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.


Dr. Alice Friedman

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:30PM – Via Zoom
Title: “Poker Faces/Private Spaces: Modernism and the Languages of Architecture”

The lecture will explore new analytical strategies for looking at domestic architecture in the modern political and cultural milieu of surveillance and threats to privacy. Focusing on the idea of the “poker face”house which conceals and, in some cases, deceives the inquisitive viewer with false fronts and misleading design codes, the lecture will examine a group of 20th and 21st-century examples which suggest that the exterior opacity of the “poker face” house is often driven by a non-conforming program and resistance to surveillance: private lives spaces remain – by design — hidden from public view.


This event was free and open to the public with online registration.

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