A School, Formerly?
Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
Since the twentieth century, a number of contemporary art institutions have repurposed former school buildings for their exhibition spaces. A case in point is Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.
Founded in 1990, Witte de With is housed in a nineteenth century building originally designed—and used for over a century—as a public school. At the relocation of the school, however, the art center didn’t fully cease the building’s intended design-goals of being a site of learning. Instead, Witte de With has offered new pedagogies and occasions for collective learning through the arts.
Presented by the current director of Witte de With, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, this lecture tells the story of the institution’s changing program through its building renovations. The lecture is accompanied with visuals drawn from an ongoing research conducted in collaboration with Michiel Huijben, an artist with a background in architectural theory who lives and works in Rotterdam.
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