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Lecture Series: Modern History of Architecture, 1860-Today

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

For the spring 2019 Lecture Series, monca will again offer a class on the Modern History of Architecture from 1860 to the Present.

Starting Wednesday, March 20 and for six successive Wednesdays the sessions will begin at 6:30 pm at monca 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!


A detailed survey of the events, the individuals and the buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through the present. 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 six-week period. The presentations are highly graphic showing important structures that represent the styles and movements presented.

Fee for the six-week class is $50 with all proceeds going to the museum. Payment can be made on Eventbrite, at the museum by check or credit card, or by mailing to monca 900 Esplanade, Chico. 95926 Museum Hours: 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. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design.

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