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.
Publisher: RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (04/2010)
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
Notes on the Contributors xi
Eugenia Victoria Ellis xv
1. Claude Bragdon Reads Authur Schopenhauer: 3
“Architecture is in space alone…”
2. Claude Bragdon and Pure Design 9
3. Claude Bragdon: A Pre-Modern Architect 15
4. Western New York’s Theosophical Enlightener 21
5. Claude Bragdon: Academic Architect and the 25
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
7. Transitional Transmedia Modernism 45
8. Claude Bragdon’s Prehensile Eye and 53
9. On Turning the Corner to the Fourth Dimension: 57
Claude Bragdon’s Isometric Perspective
10. Skewed Stagecraft: Claude Bragdon’s Isometric 65
11. Claude Bragdon, the Fourth Dimension and 73
Modern Art in Cultural Context
Introduction to the Exhibition 89
Andrea G. Reithmayer
Timeline of the Life of Claude Bragdon 195
Bibliography of the Writings of Claude Bragdon 201