This talk will be delivered by Professor Delin Lai, University of Louisville. Professor Lai will use three masterpieces designed by I.M. Pei, a renowned Chinese American architect and the Pritzker Awardee, to introduce ancient and modern gardens in Japan and China.
Pei is a modernist master whose distinctive architectural language not only features geometric forms but also in the flowing space to embody or encircle the form. For Pei, space is both a means of generating architectural drama and more importantly, a way to facilitate communication between humans, nature, and even history. In this talk, Dr. Delin Lai attempts to locate Pei’s space in the context of both modernist architecture and Chinese architectural tradition. In addition, he will also conceptualize Pei’s contribution to the modernist concept of “space-time” by expanding it to incorporate the present-perfect tense of “time.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Department of Art and Art History.