Design in the House: Don’t Miss “Looking Again at Louis Kahn” October 29

October 4, 2019
Anne Oravetz Albert

This week, design-minded types around Philadelphia are celebrating and exploring the city’s architecture, fashion, interior design, graphic arts, digital innovation, and more in the Design Philadelphia festival. Although the Katz Center is not officially participating, we are watching closely, since design plays a prominent role in our theme of “the Jewish home” this year. With architect Sigal Davidi, historian of material culture Leora Auslander, photographic historian Ofer Ashkenazi, and biblical archaeologist Melissa Cradic in the house (pun intended), along with numerous other scholars interested in Jewish interiors and objects, we’re spending a lot of time talking about the stuff that fills and shapes domestic spaces.

A snapshot of the Steven and Toby Korman House, Montgomery County; from The Houses of Louis Kahn

Architecture in particular is the focus this month, as we lead up to a featured event on the very Philadelphian, very influential, and truly unique Louis I. Kahn. Members of the public can join us as we team up with our neighbors for a series on Philadelphia Jewish architects: last week the Philadelphia Athenaeum hosted a lecture about Louis Magaziner, next Monday we’re cosponsoring a screening of the film “My Architect” there, and on October 29 we present a panel exploring Kahn’s remarkable life and work in depth, on stage at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Several renowned experts on Kahn will talk with Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron in a wide-ranging conversation that is not to be missed.


Looking Again at Louis Kahn

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Featuring: David B. Brownlee, architectural historian at University of Pennsylvania and author of Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture; Susan G. Solomon, independent architectural historian and author of Louis Kahn: Louis I. Kahn’s Trenton Jewish Community Center and Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue; William Whitaker, curator of the architectural archives at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and author of The Houses of Louis I. Kahn

Moderated by: Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer


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Anne Oravetz Albert

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