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Practice : Fall 2008
feaTURe ] MoDeRnisT RelaTionshiPs by Design Modernist Relationships by Design The BAC embraced Modernism this spring through a series of events : the AD20/21 Gala Preview, Cascieri 16: Lectureship in the Humanities, and Kinesthetics, an exhibition in the McCormick Galler y. Twentieth century design means Modernism, that progressive movement among designers, painter s, scu lptors, writers, a nd musicians that rode a wave of new material s, industrial processes and social optimism early in the 20th century to respond to what was then viewed as corrupt and oppressive Victorian society. When we say “architecture,” we think of landscapes, settlements, buildings, interiors, furniture — all those conditions of designed life. In defining the relationships bet ween those conditions, those environments, designers create a living reality. We de sign our buildings, spac es and objects to describe the kind of life that might be lived around them. While keeping us warm and helping us to sit up straight, design invites us to live our lives as particular kinds of people. When we say something is “beautiful,” then we are saying that we are attracted to the way of life that thing is promoting. This is how design creates our visions of living well. The Boston Architectural College embraced Modernism this spring through a series of engaging, educational events: the AD20/21 Gala to benefit the College; the a nnu al Cascieri Lectureship featuring Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House; and Kinesthetics, a n e xhibition in the McCormick Gallery. aD20/21—art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries AD20/21 was a hugely successful event that combined f undraising with education about the impor- tance of historic and modern preservation. The BAC was honored to be the beneficiary of the opening night festivities at AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, a new exhibition and art sale that was held at the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End in early April. “A s we develop a deeper appreciation for Modernism, Modernist preser vation, and collaborative learning across design disciplines, events such a s AD20/21 will strengthen relationships bet ween the BAC and numerous parts of the design and arts communities,” said President Landsmark. AD20/21 was presented by Tony Fusco and Robert Four of Fusco & Four, LLC, producers of the annual Boston Internationa l Fine Art Show. The show featured forty select exhibitors from the U.S . and Europe, displaying an amazing array of paintings, sculpture, fine prints and photography, as well as furniture, glass, ceramics, decora- tive arts and jewelry, representing left to right: Christy MacLear; Tony Fusco, President Landsmark, Provost Ed Toomey, and Robert Four; BAC Board Chair Lisa Bonneville PRaCTiCe 56