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John McAndrew's Modernist Vision
From the Vassar College Art Library to the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Hardcover With Jacket
143 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/02/2018
|John McAndrew's Modernist Vision tells the compelling story of the architect,
scholar, and curator John McAndrew, who played a key role in redefining
modernism in the United States from the 1930s onward. The designer of the Vassar
College Art Library---arguably the first modern interior on a college campus---and
the curator of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1937
to 1941, McAndrew was instrumental in creating a distinct and innovative aesthetic
that bridged the European modernist lineage and American regional vernacular.
Providing a fascinating glimpse into McAndrew's life, his associations with
important architects and artists, and the historical context that shaped his work,
this book is a thoroughly researched testament to a man who left a powerful mark
on the evolution of American architecture.
Mardges Bacon is Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Architecture Emerita at Northeastern University. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the author of Le Corbusier in America: Travels in the Land of the Timid and Ernest Flagg: Beaux-Arts Architect and Urban Reformer.
Editorial ReviewsArchitectural Record:
"Although John McAndrew is one of the lesser known figures active during the rise of modernist architecture in the U.S. in the early to mid-20th century, this authoritative and engaging exploration brings to light his contributions as an architect, educator, and curator. Mardges Bacon illuminates his achievements as part of a fascinating sociocultural moment."