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Arts and Issues


Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture

SOLD OUT!Louis Sullivan

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater

Arts & Issues presents the first feature-length documentary about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856-1924). Known by historians as the “father of the skyscraper” and creator of the iconic phrase “form follows function,” Sullivan was on top of his profession in 1890. Then a series of setbacks plunged him into destitute obscurity from which he never fully recovered. Yet his persistent belief in the power of his ideas produced some of the most beautiful buildings ever created in the United States, and inspired Sullivan’s protégé, Frank Lloyd Wright, to fulfill his own dream of a truly American style of architecture. Meet director Mark Richard Smith, who will introduce the film and discuss Louis Sullivan’s legacy and show footage of SIUE’s extensive Sullivan collection afterward.

Information on the Edwardsville Arts Center’s exhibition Louis’ Legacy: Artists Respond to Louis Sullivan can be found here.

Artworks by SIUE students of professors John DenHouter and Rodrick Whetstone inspired by Louis Sullivan designs will also be exhibited in SIUE’s Lovejoy Library, near the Louis H. Sullivan Architectural Ornaments Exhibit on the Library’s second floor, southwest side.

Information and registration for the free Louis Sullivan conference on February 24th can be found here.

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