• Art Gallery of Alberta (map)
  • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Ave
  • Edmonton, AB, T5J
  • Canada

Join us on Thursday, June 18th at the Art Gallery of Alberta for a talk by Chicago architecture critic Robert Bruegmann on Brutalism. Marked by big, unyielding concrete forms, Brutalism came of age in the post-war era as seen by buildings such as Boston's City Hall, the University of Toronto's Robarts Library or here in Edmonton, the old Edmonton Art Gallery, the Law Courts and the Student's Union Building at the University of Alberta. Shortly after their heyday, brutalist buildings were widely panned for being cold, alienating structures and have been almost universally reviled ever since. But is that changing? Could Brutalism be coming back in vogue? Robert Bruegmann thinks so. Bruegmann is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of several books on architecture, including e The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918, Sprawl: A Compact History and, most recently, The Architecture of Harry Weese. He has written extensively on Brutalism and argues this architectural form is going through the same periods of re-evaluation that happened a generation ago with the equally disliked High Victorian Gothic. Join us for a discussion on Brutalism's potential renaissance!

Tickets $10 or $5 for MADE members!


Lecture at 7 pm, doors at 6:30!