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Fall Lecture Series: Modern History of Architecture from 1860 to the Present.

  • Museum of Northern California Art 900 Esplanade Chico, CA, 95926 United States (map)

For the Fall 2018 Lecture Series, monca will again offer an eight-week class at the museum, 900 Esplanade in Chico, on the Modern History of Architecture from 1860 to the Present.

Starting Wednesday, September 26 and for eight successive Wednesdays the sessions will begin at 6:30 pm for a maximum of 20 people. The class will include an hour lecture followed by an informal discussion. Class notes will be provided for each session. And, best of all, there will be no papers to write and no test to take! PLEASE NOTE: Due to a schedule conflict, one class session will be held at 6:30 on TUESDAY, October 16. All other classes are on Wednesday.


Survey of the events, the individuals and the buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through to the 21st century. Topics discussed will include the influence of styles and movements in architecture, and how evolution and discontent dominated change in the building arts over the past 150-plus years.

Why do styles change and what prompts successor movements? How did the world wars influence the art of building? What are the "isms" of architecture (futurism, expressionism, etc.)? How do you recognize the examples of any given style? All this will be covered during the eight-week period. The presentations are highly graphic showing key structures that represent the styles and movements discussed.

Fee for the eight-week class is $70 with all proceeds going to the museum. Payment can be made at the museum by check or by credit card, or mailed to monca at 900 Esplanade, Chico. 95926 Museum hours are Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

Lecturer: Richard Macias has always been fascinated by the evolution of architectural style and how it has been influenced by politics, exploration, dissent and technology. For eight years he lectured in the Art & Art History department, School of Humanities and Fine Arts, CSU, Chico where he focused on modern architectural history. Prior to his move to Chico in 2006 he worked in San Francisco, designing college and university campuses throughout Asia. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design.  

Later Event: October 12
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