M+M Program in Media and Modernity presents
Craig Buckley : Graphic Assembly
[response by Brigid Doherty]
Tue October 8, 2019 @5pm
Princeton University – School of Architecture – Room N107
Graphic Assembly (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) unearths the role played by montage and collage in the development of architectural culture over the past century, revealing their unexamined yet crucial significance. Craig Buckley brings together experimental architectural practices based in London, Paris, Vienna, and Florence, showing how breakthroughs in optical media and printing technologies enabled avant-garde architects to reimagine their field.
Graphic Assembly considers a range of architects and movements from the 1950s through the early ’70s, including Theo Crosby, Hans Hollein, and John McHale; the magazine Clip-Kit; and the groups Archigram, Superstudio, and Utopie. It gives a thorough account of how montage concepts informed the design of buildings, prototypes, models, exhibitions, and multimedia environments, accompanied by Buckley’s insightful interpretations of the iconic images, exhibitions, and buildings of the 1960s that mark how the decade is remembered.
Craig Buckley is an assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University. His research interests include the intersections of modern architecture with avant-garde movements, the entanglement of architecture with the technics, poetics, and politics of media, and the historiography of modern architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the editor of numerous collections and the author of Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s, (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). His essays and criticism have appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Grey Room, Log, October, and Texte zur Kunst, among others. His most recent book, Screen Genealogies: From Optical Device to Environmental Medium (with Francesco Casetti and Rüdiger Campe) will be published by University of Amsterdam Press this fall.
Brigid Doherty is an associate professor in the Departments of German and Art & Archaeology at Princeton University.