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Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity

Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a first-generation modernist architect, as well as an illustrator, critic, theorist and theater designer. Bragdon practiced architecture in Rochester, New York throughout the Progressive Era. Although his masterpiece, the New York Central Railroad Station, was demolished in the 1960s-70s, the First Universalist Church, the Bevier Memorial Building, the Peterborough Bridge near Toronto, and nearly 100 residences remain today. 


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Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a first-generation modernist architect, as well as an illustrator, critic, theorist and theater designer. Bragdon practiced architecture in Rochester, New York throughout the Progressive Era. Although his masterpiece, the New York Central Railroad Station, was demolished in the 1960s-70s, the First Universalist Church, the Bevier Memorial Building, the Peterborough Bridge near Toronto, and nearly 100 residences remain today. 

A prolific and influential writer, Bragdon published more than twenty books and hundreds of articles. He was nationally known for his graphic art, his writing on the fourth dimension, his Song & Light Festivals of 1915-1918, and his role in theater’s New Stagecraft.

He had technical and artistic expertise in many disciplines, making it difficult to categorize his work into a specific stylistic trend. Bragdon’s work as an early modernist is important both in its own right and as a key to other 20th Century architects’ work.

The book includes a complete bibliography of Bragdon's published work, a timeline and an index.

Contributors: Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Paul Emmons, Marcia Feuerstein, Marie Frank, Jean France, Joscelyn Godwin, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Christina Malathouni, Jonathan Massey, Mary Nixon, Joan Ockman, Andrea Reithmayr and Richard Guy Wilson.

 

Details

Publisher: RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (04/2010)
ISBN-10: 978-1-933360-43-0
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 212 Color and 36 Black and White images.
Size: 8.5 in x 11.25 in.
Shipping Weight: 1.8lb
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements                                                                 ix

 

Notes on the Contributors                                                        xi

 

Introduction
   Eugenia Victoria Ellis                                                            xv

 

                                       Essays

 

1. Claude Bragdon Reads Authur Schopenhauer:                     3
    “Architecture is in space alone…”
     Christina Malathouni

 

2. Claude Bragdon and Pure Design                                          9
     Marie Frank

 

3. Claude Bragdon: A Pre-Modern Architect                              15
     Jean France

 

4. Western New York’s Theosophical Enlightener                      21
     Joscelyn Godwin

 

5. Claude Bragdon: Academic Architect and the                        25
     American Renaissance
     Richard Guy Wilson

 

6. Architecture and the “Spirit” of Democracy:                            35
     Variations on a Theme in the Writings of Louis
     Sullivan, Claude Brgadon, and Frank Lloyd Wright
     Joan Ockman

 

7. Transitional Transmedia Modernism                                       45
     Jonathan Massey

 

8. Claude Bragdon’s Prehensile Eye and                                   53
     Preconditioned Images
     Mary Nixon

 

9. On Turning the Corner to the Fourth Dimension:                    57
    Claude Bragdon’s Isometric Perspective
    Paul Emmons

 

10. Skewed Stagecraft: Claude Bragdon’s Isometric                  65
       Theatrics
       Marcia Feuerstein

 

11. Claude Bragdon, the Fourth Dimension and                          73
       Modern Art in Cultural Context

 

                                    Exhibition Catalogue

 

Introduction to the Exhibition                                                       89
       Andrea G. Reithmayer

 

Catalogue                                                                                   91

 

Timeline of the Life of Claude Bragdon                                      195

 

Bibliography of the Writings of Claude Bragdon                         201

 

Index                                                                                           213

 

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