Stanley Mathews of the HWS art history faculty has been invited to present a paper at an interdisciplinary conference Sept. 20-22 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
The conference, “Modernism—Fascism—Postmodernism,” examines the relationship between Fascist politics and modernist and postmodernist aesthetics. His paper, titled “Rationalism and Stile Littorio: the contest for a Fascist architecture,” traces the conflict between two tendencies in Italian architecture during the 1930s: modernist Rationalism and the academic classicism of Novecento.
Mathews' talk will explore the unsuccessful efforts of architects of both architectural camps to persuade Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to declare their architecture the official architecture of the Italian Fascist state.
Details on the conference are available at Symposium.