The Architecture of Luis Barragán with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

The Architecture of Luis Barragán with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar presents the life and work of the late Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902-1988). Focused on his work in Mexico City, we will explore his home and studio complex (a UNESCO World Heritage site), his commercial hotels, his work in the Pedregal neighborhood, and more.

Together we will explore the career of Luis Barragán, and visit several of his most famous structures in Mexico City. Sites discussed will include: Casa Luis Barragán (his jewel-like home-studio complex and a UNESCO world heritage site), the Hotel Camino Real in Polanco, Casa Prieto Lopez in Los Jardines del Pedregal (an upscale modernist neighborhood that he co-developed with Diego Rivera in the 1940s), and Casa Gilardi, the last project completed before his death. Finally, we will talk about why this architectural genius has received less scholarly attention than deserved and the fate of his archives in Switzerland. An inspiration to postwar artists such as Dan Flavin and James Turrell, and the subject of an important body of work by contemporary photographer James Casebere, as well as the subject of a brilliant 2019 film by Jill Magid, Barragán remains arguably one of the most important mid-century modern architects in the world.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will provide a dynamic voyage to and through the colorful and enigmatic work of Barragán. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the architectural aesthetic that is unique to Barragán's sculptural modern architecture.

Jennie Hirsh (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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S.S.

The Architecture by Luis Barragan , lecture by Jennie Hirsh was so inspiring, I want to make my next adventure to Mexico only to see this amazing work.
“The Propolsal” by Jill Magid was so intriguing and intelligent, that I will see the whole thing in YouTube like she suggested.
Thank you Jennie, for such a wonderful informative inspiring talk.

Soledad

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excellent review, I take all of Jennie's lectures always something new to learn.m

Excellent and informative lecture

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G.D.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable lecture. Well organized with thoughtful detail and the chat room was lively with questions for Dr. Hirsh as she highlighted anecdotes on Luis Barragan's legacy. Grab a glass of wine and settle in to be absorbed in a world of art, history, and travel.

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S.o.
another great class by Jennie Hirsh

Very enjoyable. Barragan was a new name for me as architecture is not a usual interest. I had taken Corbusier which led me to take this class. It was visually delicious, and Jennie Hirsh always gives an interesting lecture!

M
M.M.
Wide-ranging thinker

I'm an art history prof (just retired), and have always admired Barragan's work, but knew little about it. Jennie Hirsch's approach delighted me: concrete and clear, but also creative and deeply felt.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
91%
(10)
9%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
S.S.

The Architecture by Luis Barragan , lecture by Jennie Hirsh was so inspiring, I want to make my next adventure to Mexico only to see this amazing work.
“The Propolsal” by Jill Magid was so intriguing and intelligent, that I will see the whole thing in YouTube like she suggested.
Thank you Jennie, for such a wonderful informative inspiring talk.

Soledad

A
A.
excellent review, I take all of Jennie's lectures always something new to learn.m

Excellent and informative lecture

G
G.D.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable lecture. Well organized with thoughtful detail and the chat room was lively with questions for Dr. Hirsh as she highlighted anecdotes on Luis Barragan's legacy. Grab a glass of wine and settle in to be absorbed in a world of art, history, and travel.

S
S.o.
another great class by Jennie Hirsh

Very enjoyable. Barragan was a new name for me as architecture is not a usual interest. I had taken Corbusier which led me to take this class. It was visually delicious, and Jennie Hirsh always gives an interesting lecture!

M
M.M.
Wide-ranging thinker

I'm an art history prof (just retired), and have always admired Barragan's work, but knew little about it. Jennie Hirsch's approach delighted me: concrete and clear, but also creative and deeply felt.