Spyros Papapetros, associate professor of history and theory of architecture at Princeton University, presents “Ornament and Evolution.”
Enmeshed with the life histories of flourishing or atrophying social, political, and cultural organisms, turn-of-the-century discussions of the controversial topic of ornamentation invited a number of analogies with evolutionist theories as reinvented in anthropological and art historical circles. Based on original archival material, this lecture traces the multiple encounters of cultural historian Aby Warburg with representatives of anthropological and ethnological science in the United States and Europe in preparation for his trip to the American Pueblos, which was undertaken with the specific task of resituating the “genesis” of ornamentation on an expanded epistemological footing.
Monday, October 30 5:30pm
HUNTER STUDIO, LUNDER CENTER AT STONE HILL