Fall 2023 Warnock Lecture: Mapping the Ephemeral: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Fall 2023 Warnock Lecture: Mapping the Ephemeral

row of lit, rectangular lanterns with holes all over
5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed October 18, 2023
5:00 PM-6:30 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Mapping the Ephemeral: Decolonizing Durational Imagination

Fall 2023 Warnock Lecture, presented by the Department of Art History


This lecture is an invitation to reimagine the norms of durational imagination in architecture and urbanism. In our comfort with the long arc of architecture and urban history, we have ignored the potential of small duration as a tool for decolonizing history. Based on a study of seasonally built temporary structures, this presentation demonstrates the connection between duration, architecture, and urban space and as vital elements to reimagine community life.

Join us afterwards for a reception from 6:30-7:30pm.



Programs are open to all, on a first-come first-served basis. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated, as they help us anticipate attendance numbers.


About the Speaker

Swati Chattopadhyay is Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, California, Santa Barbara. An architect and architectural historian, she is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (2005), Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (2012), Small Spaces: Recasting the Architecture of Empire (2023). She is a founding coeditor of PLATFORM, and Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu