Nov 03 2015

Lecture and Screening | Jean-Louis Cohen on Le Corbusier

Tues | 7pm


On the occasion of PAVILLON DE L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU, please join us as Jean-Louis Cohen discusses Le Corbusier and domesticity while introducing two key films on the seminal architect.

Pierre Chenal, L’architecture d’aujourd’hui, 1930, 10’.
Pierre Kast, Le Corbusier, l’architecte du bonheur, 1957, 20’.

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Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect and historian, with a long track record in research on modern architecture and city planning. Since 1994, he has held the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. From 1997 to 2003, he was appointed the French Minister of Culture to create the Cité de l’architecture, a museum, research and exhibition center in the Paris Palais de Chaillot, which opened in 2007. During that period, he directed the Institut Français d’Architecture and the Musée des Monuments Français, the two main components of the Cité. He has been a curator for numerous exhibitions including Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes and The Lost Vanguard at the Museum of Modern Art (2014 and 2007); Scenes of the World to Come and Architecture in Uniform at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995 and 2011); Paris-Moscou (1979) and the centennial show L’Aventure Le Corbusier (1987), both at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Mr. Cohen is an elected member of the Akademie der Künste, in Berlin, the Russian Academy of Architecture, in Moscow, and the Accademia di San Luca, in Rome. He has been a research fellow at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (1987), and a Getty scholar at the Getty Research institute (1992-93). He is the beneficiary a Graham Foundation individual grant in 2012 for the publication by Reaktion Books of his forthcoming history of French architectural modernism. He has received numerous awards, including the Great Prize of the architecture book from the Académie d’Architecture in Paris (1996, and 2012), and the Medal for architectural analysis of the same institution (2003). He has been awarded by the Schelling Foundation in Karlsruhe the Schelling Architekturtheorie Preis, the leading such European distinction (2010). The French government has appointed Mr. Cohen a Knight in the order of Arts and Letters.

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