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Louis Sullivan Reconsidered

Louis Sullivan Reconsidered
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum 
40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 

New York Architect Steve Bass puts the practical and theoretical work of early Twentieth Century American architect Louis Sullivan in the context of the Platonic tradition. We consider the famous maxim 'Form follows Function' to understand it does not necessarily mean what is has typically been taken to mean, but is rather a contemporary restatement of a Platonic cosmological vision. We will additionally look at Sullivan's book on ornament and find that far from hardheaded reductionism and functionalism, Sullivan calls overtly for a magical approach familiar to ancient and Renaissance esotericism. This presentation relocates Sullivan within the classical tradition rather than modernism, to which he is presently associated. 

$15 ICAA & Driehaus Museum Members 
$25 General Public
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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