Food For Thought: Amanda Reeser Lawrence & Hillary Chute

Conversation, Lecture, Presentation

Food For Thought: Amanda Reeser Lawrence & Hillary Chute

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 161
Conversation, Lecture, Presentation Wed, Feb 28, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 161

Join Northeastern’s College of Art, Media + Design faculty as they present their research on topical issues across a wide range of creative practices. Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity at the nexus of research and practice. This session features Amanda Reeser Lawrence, from the School of Architecture and Hillary Chute, from Art + Design.

Amanda Reeser Lawrence will present The Architecture of Influence, a book project that explores how modern architects borrow, reference, and rearrange the work of their predecessors. Rather than looking at how architecture is influenced by the past, the book instead considers how architecture acts on the past; how a given project not only incorporates a given set of references, but projects backwards into history, altering the interpretation and meaning of the work that it references. This project counters the passive conception of influence, at least in its guise as the mystical, uncontrollable flow of ideas “landing” on the figure of the later architect. It challenges conventional histories that highlight the original and the unique by instead tracing aspects of the copied and the unoriginal within canonical twentieth-century architectural projects. Organized as a taxonomy of seven different influence types— replicas, copies, self-reflexives, derivatives, generics, compilations and revivals—the book offers a revised history of modern architecture, seen through the lens of influence, but also a revised history of influence, reinterpreted through modern architecture.   

Hillary Chute will present on her recently-released book Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere, published by HarperCollins in December 2017 and named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017. Why Comics? investigates the question of what comics as a form does differently than other media through a look at ten of the biggest themes in contemporary comics, including disaster, sex, queerness, and punk. Chute is the author or editor of six books about comics and graphic narratives, including Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia UP, 2010) and Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard UP, 2016). She is also the Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011), about the making of his classic graphic narrative Maus, and has collaborated with cartoonists such as Alison Bechdel, with whom she taught a semester-long theory and practice course on comics and autobiography at the University of Chicago.  

Lunch will be Served

This ongoing colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated this year by Associate Professor of Architecture, Cammy Brothers and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Meryl Alper.


Ryder Hall 161

Amanda Reeser Lawrence

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Hillary Chute

Professor of Art History, Art + Design