AMERICAN ART LECTURE - “Loftiness” and Early New York Skyscrapers
Craig Zabel, Associate Professor of Art History
Tuesday, February 19 - 4:30 p.m.
The “loftiness” of the early skyscrapers of New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provided modern urban life with many new sensations and experiences. This talk will explore such issues as capitalist battles to build the tallest skyscraper, the architectural celebration of height, rooms in the sky (executive suites to public observatories), and the artistic response to urban towers.
(Image caption: D. H. Burnham & Co.: Flatiron Building, New York, N.Y., 1901–02)