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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2021

CLARK ART INSTITUTE Research and Academic Program Fellow PRESENTs LECTURE on Modern Architecture 

Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Friday, March 5, Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Timothy Hyde presents “Indifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity.” The pre-recorded lecture will be available on the Clark website from March 5 through June 15.

The architectural objects associated with the technological realities of modernity (skyscrapers, train stations, dams, schools) have received ample scrutiny, but many other architectural remains lie on the margins of aesthetic interest or historical attention. This lecture considers the architectural remains of modernity and related economic exploitation, scientific research, and cultural circulation. Hyde focuses on the complex indifference to architectural histories and the unsettling unconcern for the bodies that built and occupied architectural objects.

Timothy Hyde is associate professor of architectural history and theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent book, Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye, examines the entanglements of aesthetic judgment with instruments of judgment in law, science, religion, and political economy. He is also the author of Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba and articles on the legal and material registers of modern architecture. During his fellowship at the Clark, Hyde is working on an architectural history of environmentally contingent networks of modernity, examining building sites that range from Antarctic expedition huts to Caribbean sugar warehouses.

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