“Dear Ken”: Reading the Archive Out Loud

Talk, in English, August 2017 to September 2017

An archive is usually named for one person, but it always contains many other voices. The Kenneth Frampton archive recently arrived at the CCA and it emerges in the exhibition Educating Architects: Four Courses by Kenneth Frampton. The exhibition includes a few letters from over sixty years of correspondence, but there could have been many more—in the archive, there’s mail from Hannah Arendt, Giancarlo De Carlo, Peter Eisenman, Philip Johnson, Rem Koolhaas, Robin Middleton, Thomas Neurath, Monica Pidgeon, Robert A. M. Stern, James Stirling, Anthony Vidler, and the Union of Architects of Vietnam.

On 11 August, 24 August, and 7 September, Jacqueline Meyer, CCA Curatorial Researcher, reads letters of introduction and demands for overdue articles, reflections on academic politics and reports on travels abroad, as well as telegrams, emails, and more.

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