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New York City

The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture

Talk by OWEN HOPKINS, Senior Curator at Sir John Soane's Museum, London        
Thursday, 1 March 2018 – 6pm  
Doors open 5:45pm  – Wine reception following                                       
LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City   
TICKETS: $35 members, $45 non-members, $150 Lecture Patrons  (includes two tickets)
ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men)

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In May 2018, Sir John Soane's Museum will present the first exhibition to explore Postmodernism in British Architecture. In this talk, Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education, will introduce the exhibition which focuses on the early, 'radical moment' of Postmodernism – one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future.

Hopkins will offer a unique preview of some of the stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings by the movement's principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – that the exhibition will showcase. He will also explore how the exhibition is being curated, and the rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue it is intended to forge with the Museum and Soane's own relationship to the architectural past.

OWEN HOPKINS is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum, and was previously Architecture Program Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In addition to his work as a curator, Hopkins is experienced writer on architecture, having written for a variety of publications, as well as being the author of five books and the editor of two collections of essays.

Link to the Soane Museum news on the Postmodernism exhibition in London – opening 16 May and going to 22 August 2018.

Images - Top: Terry Farrell SIS Building (also known as the MI6 Building) London, completed 1994 - Photo: Nigel Young.  Bottom: Drawing for a project of the Battersea Power Station by John Outram.


New York City


Talk by BRUCE BOUCHER, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Monday, 30 April 2018  - 7pm  
Doors open 6:45pm  – Wine reception following
LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street
(northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City                      
TICKETS: $35 members, $45 non-members, $150 Lecture Patrons (includes two tickets)
ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men)

Purchase tickets online for this lecture.



ANDREA PALLADIO (1508-1580) is one of the most celebrated architects of the western world and the author of a style that became a worldwide movement. This lecture will consider Palladio's domestic architecture, how he fashioned his approach to palaces and villas as well as why his buildings became so influential.
BRUCE BOUCHER became the 14th Director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, taking up this post in May 2016. Immediately prior, he served as Director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia from 2009 to 2016. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bruce studied at Harvard University, Oxford's Magdalen College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he obtained his Ph.D. He taught for  more than twenty years at University College in the University of London before entering the museum world as curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). Dr. Boucher is the author of a number of books, among them, Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time (1994, revised, 1998 and 2007), and Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (2001). Bruce previously served as a board member and president of the board of the Center for Palladian Studies in America.
IMAGES: Villa La Rotonda

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