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Lectures from the Allen Room & Wertheim Study: Building to Impress: New York Skyscrapers and the People who Commissioned Them - Seth Gopin


December 13, 2012

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The development of the skyscraper is an American story.  Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centures, these great edifices have defined both New York City and American architecture.  Less often discussed are the patrons and architects of these great buildings.  This lecture explores the story of the fascinating people who were the forces behind nine iconic New York buildings - Flatiron, Metropolitan Life, Woolworth, Chrysler, Empire State, Seagram's, AT&T, Conde Nast, and Hearst buildings.  It is a fascinating tale of corporate America and people with great egos and immense power and wealth, as well as architects concerned with beauty and cutting-edge technology.

Dr. Seth Gopin, a writer in residence in the Wertheim Study, is known to several generations of Rutgers University students for his dynamic lectures on the history of art.  The intertwining of art, history, and culture fascinate him.  Prior to his retirement he also held several administrative positions at the university, including Director of Global Studies, and he furthered the course of international education in the United States and Europe.  Dr. Gopin's interests are diverse.  He curated an exhibition in France on a French painter who lived in Constantinople in the eary 18th century, and he served the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as editor of Tibet News, their newsletter for North America.  In recent years Dr. Gopin has been a featured lecturer on art and architecutre on Cunard line ships, where he discusses architecture and urban development, especially topics concerning New York and Paris.  His new book on the rise fo the New York City skyscraper is now in its second printing.

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