John McHale and the Dissolving Architecture of Pop

John McHale and the Dissolving Architecture of Pop


November 13, 2018

5:30 PM-6:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Beinecke Fellow Mark Wigley presents, “John McHale and the Dissolving Architecture of Pop.”

The British artist John McHale made some of the most radical and prophetic propositions about art, information, media, ecology, education, social life, prosthetics, the body, buildings, and the brain in the post-war years, yet has remained somehow easily overlooked. This lecture explores his unique ability to be both transformative and forgotten.

Mark Wigley is professor of architecture at Columbia University. The historian and theorist explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture, and technology. His books include: Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction (The MIT Press, 1995); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (The MIT Press, 2001); Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Uitgeverij, 1999); and Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio (Lars Muller, 2015). He is the co-author of Are We Human: Notes on an Archeology of Design (Lars Muller, 2016) with Beatriz Colomina in association with their curation of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial. He has also curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and The Drawing Center in New York; the Witte de With and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. His latest book is Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Lars Müller, 2018). During his Clark Fellowship he will complete the monographic study “Prosthetic Ikons: The Expanding Architecture of John McHale.”