Dean Anthony Vidler and Professor Stephen Rustow in MoMA Symposium

March 06, 2013

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Image credit: "Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light," Edited by Barry Bergdoll, Corrine Belier, and Marc le Coeur

Anthony Vidler and Stephen Rustow will participate in the symposium Revising Labrouste in the Digital Age. Vidler will moderate the panel discussion "Reading Alone in Public: The Library and the Spaces of Information from the 19th to the 21st centuries," and Rustow will introduce and moderate the panel discussion "Learning with and from Labrouste." The event, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, will take place March 28, 2013 at MoMA.

"Held in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, this symposium acts, in part, as the fourth section of the three-part exhibition. It explores how a 19th-century architect and his work, and particularly his innovative use of materials and light in spaces of contemplation and public assembly, are relevant in contemporary culture and architecture. Young and mid-career architects and scholars examine Labrouste’s inclusion in a 1975 exhibition at MoMA and how today’s context is different; and how issues such as the library in the information age and the collective expression of individual experience, and the rational ornament apply to contemporary practice."                    - MoMA

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