Lecture: James Glass, 2000 years of Spanish architecture

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Date(s) - 11/11/2013
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Riviera Club Ball Room

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Dr. James Glass is the former State Historic Preservation Officer for Indiana, and directed the Master’s program at Ball State in Historic Preservation for many years.

Glass’s lecture, free and open to the public, will address Spanish architecture using photos taken in a recent trip to Spain. He will trace some of the historical and artistic forces and influences that have shaped the rich architectural heritage of Spain over the past 2000 years.

Dr. Glass writes: “We will begin with the architectural and engineering foundations laid by the Romans, consider the elegant architecture and art of the Islamic rulers of Spain, and trace the architectural themes of Christian Spain from Romanesque to Gothic to Plateresque. We will then look at the austere but grand architectural tastes of 16th century king Philip II and revel in the extravagant designs of the Spanish High Baroque. From the elegance of Neo-Classical palaces in the 18th Century, we will move to the architecture of one of the most original architects of modern times, Antoni Gaudi of Barcelona, and finally to Spain’s surprising range of landmarks designed by international Modern masters. That will include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a museum whose design is the principal exhibit, and the Civic Center in Valencia, designed by Santiago Calatrava.”