In Conversation | Fabiola López-Durán and Patricio del Real on Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture

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A conversation with Fabiola López-Durán, associate professor of art and architectural history, Rice University, and Patricio del Real, associate professor of the history of art and architecture, modern architecture, Harvard University

About this program

Fabiola López-Durán and Patricio del Real will discuss the work of Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi. This program is in conjunction with the museum’s multichannel film installation Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement.

About Fabiola López-Durán

Fabiola López-Durán is associate professor of art and architectural history at Rice University. She earned her PhD in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture from MIT. Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, López-Durán’s research and teaching interrogate the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—aesthetics, politics, and science—that ignited the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on Latin America. Her broad research agenda focuses on the complicities between capitalism, racism, and the construction of the built environment. She is the author of the award-winning book Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity (2018), and coeditor of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative’s new book Architecture in Development: Systems and the Emergence of the Global South (2022).

About Patricio del Real

Patricio del Real is an architectural historian who works on modern architecture and its transnational connections with a focus on the Americas. He explores the changing ideological maps and geographies of modernity and the ways in which cultural and racial imaginaries have shaped the story of modern architecture. His new book, Constructing Latin America: Architecture, Politics, and Race at the Museum of Modern Art, examines multiple architecture exhibitions and MoMA as a cultural weapon as it navigated the thorny politics of Pan-Americanism and the cultural conflicts of the second postwar era.

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This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

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SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, SP, Brasil. Photo by Paulisson Miura, (Wikimedia user: paulisson miura), Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

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