Art and Architecture: Brutalism Tamed

Apr 10, 2019


In the early 1950s, a group of British architects championed an architectural style they identified as Brutalism and introduced the term to the English-speaking world. Brutalism often entailed unabashedly expressed raw-concrete construction. By the 1980s, Brutalist architecture was no longer popular but in recent years has enjoyed renewed interest, with an emphasis on the its visceral qualities. This “tamed” Brutalism, as applied to the Clyfford Still Museum, will be the topic of the evening’s lecture.

Bob Nauman received dual Master’s degrees in music and art history before completing his Ph.D. in art and architectural history at the University of New Mexico. He teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at CU–Boulder, where his research focuses on art and architectural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Nauman is the author of several books, chapters, and articles on contemporary art and architecture.