“Roger Brown and Miesian Metropolitanism” Panel Discussion 

August 11th, 2022 

6 pm, Chicago Architectural Center

Please join us for a penal discussion engaging in our newest exhibition. Midcentury art and architecture are too often studied separately. In the case of Roger Brown and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the cultural influences and societal undercurrents acting on these great Chicago Modernists brought their work closer together.

Brown the artist and Mies the architect were towering figures in their respective practices—beacons of pure intention and masterful execution. Many of Brown’s paintings ruminate on buildings and contemporary cityscapes, and architecture was central to Brown and his life partner, George Veronda, an accomplished architect and designer. Not by accident, Mies’ restrained architectural compositions double as exceptional showcases for Modern art, in both residential and commercial contexts. This panel discussion provides fresh perspectives on the aesthetic interplay and philosophical crosscurrents that informed the careers of two of the 20th century’s most distinctive creative minds.

Panelists include:

Valerie Balint, Senior Program Manager, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation

David Mitchell, Director of Exhibitions, Kavi Gupta Gallery

Michelangelo Sabatino Professor + Director, PhD Program in Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

Lisa Wainwright, Professor, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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