March 22, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history at Columbia University, will give the talk, "The Aesthetics of Technology: Debates on Building in Berlin from Karl Friedrich Schinkel to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe," March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the continuing Science, Technology and Society Colloquium series, "The Elegant Equation: Engineering and the Art of Architecture."

"Professor Bergdoll's lecture will offer insights into the energy, the conflicts, and the continuities that infuse and define modern architecture and the Berlin context," according to Mary Brantl, of the department of art and art history at Bucknell and one of three faculty coordinators of the series.

"Stimulated by emergent German nationalism, 19th-century Berlin took form from Wallot's Reichstag to Schinkel's Art Museum. No surprise, then, that the modernist impulses of the 20th century gave voice to the architecture, technology and ideology of this vibrant city," she said.

Bergdoll's studies have focused on modern architecture in Europe, particularly that of Germany and France between 1759 and 1900. Most concerned with the meaning of architecture within its sociological and ideological contexts, he has studied issues involving the politics of cultural representation in architecture, architecture as a product of its times, and the changing role of the architect in the modern era.

Bergdoll's interests also include the intersections of architecture and new technologies - and eventually cultures - of representations in the modern period, especially photography and film. His numerous publications include Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia, 1994, Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry, 1994, European Architecture 1750-1890, 2000 and Mies in Berlin, 2001.

In addition, Bergdoll has curated several important architectural exhibitions, most notably "Mies in Berlin," a collaboration with Terence Riley of the Museum of Modern Art, which was shown in New York, Berlin, Barcelona, and London in 2001-03.

The final lecture in the series will be held April 3 in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at 7:30 p.m. Engineer John Matteo of Robert Silman Associates will discuss "Fallingwater: Structural Preservation for a Work of Art."

For more information about the series, see


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