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In December 1953, a 27-year-old Hugh Hefner published the first issue of Playboy magazine, featuring a provocatively clad Marilyn Monroe on the cover.
Today, the periodical’s reputation as an outlet for erotic fantasy remains unparalleled. Virtually unknown, however, is its role as a promoter of modern design and architecture in the 1950s and 1960s.
In these decades, as the architectural historian Beatriz Colomina will argue, the buxom Playmates adorning feature stories on such Modernist icons as Mies van der Rohe and Buckminster Fuller were actually of secondary interest to the magazine’s readers.
Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media.
She has taught at Princeton University since 1988 and is the founding director of its graduate program in media and modernity, which promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century.
Presented by Master of Architecture Program
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.
The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.