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Yeon Center Lecture: The Naturalization of American Modern Architecture, circa 1940

Americans during the interwar years often expressed concern with modern architecture’s national origins, branding it either an unwelcome European import or a product of their own native genius. “Naturalization”—implying both a politicized shift in identity and the movement toward site–specificity was a term used in that period to describe what later became better known as architectural “regionalism.”

This talk considers these terms and the transition they identify, examining how they played out in the intersecting careers of Portland-based architect John Yeon and Museum of Modern Art curator John McAndrews.

Keith Eggener’s interests are in modern art and architecture. He is the author of three books and of numerous articles and book chapters on Mexican and US art, architecture, landscape, and urban design. Eggener is the Marion D. Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Historic Preservation Program as part of the A&AA Signature Event Series. Watzek House photo by Walter Boychuk.

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