Martino Stierli

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 18:30
Auditorium SG, EPFL

As part of the exhibition Las Vegas Studio, Images from the archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Las Vegas, Film, and the Mobilized Gaze

Almost immediately upon its publication in 1972, Learning from Las Vegas was hailed as a landmark in the theory of modern architecture and urbanism. For its authors Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, traditional visual techniques were no longer adequate for the analysis and representation of the city. For this reason, they made extensive use of new media such as photography and film. Photography and film served them for both the analysis and the representation of the city. Despite its prominence in architectural debates, there have been only partial attempts to locate this seminal urbanistic study within the discourse on the image of the city prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibition co-curator Martino Stierli presents original film footage and photographs from the 1968 Learning from Las Vegas research, some of which has only been made accessible for the first time to the public in the exhibition, Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Martino Stierli
Martino Stierli is an art historian focusing on modern art and architecture. He teaches at ETH Zurich, from where he also holds an award-winning PhD. He is the author of Las Vegas im Rückspiegel: Die Stadt in Theorie, Fotografie und Film (gta Verlag, Zurich, 2010), which is currently translated into English with a grant from the Graham Foundation, Chicago. He is the winner of the Swiss Art Award 2011 for his work on architecture and its image. Stierli publishes regularly in international journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs. In 2012, he will be a residential fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.