MA HCT & PhD History and Language Debate Series

Marina Lathouri and Guest Speakers

Debate 2

Arguments in bad faith; is truth dead?

Guest speaker: Tim Benton

Friday 16 February | 11:00am | 33 FFB

A discussion of false or contradictory arguments among proponents of the Modern Movement and their critics


Perelman, Chaïm. The Realm of Rhetoric.  Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982.

Benton, Tim. The Rhetoric of Modernism : Le Corbusier as a Lecturer.  Boston, MA: Birkhaeuser, 2009

Benton, Tim. “E-1027 and the Drôle De Guerre.” AA files 74 (June 2017): 123-54

Colomina, Beatriz. “Battle Lines: E.1027.” In The Architect : Reconstructing Her Practice., edited by Francesca. Hughes, 3-24. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996

Birksted, Jan. Le Corbusier and the Occult.  Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009

Tim Benton is Professor of Art History (Emeritus) at the Open University, England and has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York (2007) and at the Bard Graduate Center (2003). He is a noted scholar of the works of Le Corbusier but has also worked on Italian architecture in the 1930s and on Art Deco. He was elected to the Conseil d’Administration of the Fondation Le Corbusier from 2008 to 2015. Professor Benton has co-curated several major exhibitions including Art and Power (Hayward Gallery,1995), Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A, 2003), Modernism Designing a New World 1918-1939 (V&A, 2006) Modern Taste Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935 (Madrid, 2015) Recent publications include The Rhetoric of Modernism; Le Corbusier as lecturer, (Basel, 2009) Lc Foto : Le Corbusier : Secret Photographer (Zürich, 2013). More recently, he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s cabanon and the Étoile de mer and Unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015), which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée.

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