Office Hours: Viera Levitt on Photography of Brutalist Architecture
Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
During Office Hours, artists, designers, experts, and brainiacs take the doors off of their offices and studios. Stop by for conversation or advice.
Photography of Brutalist Architecture: With her photographic exploration of Brutalism, Viera Levitt reveals the hidden beauty of this architectural style often derided as gray, crude, soulless and austere. Her ‘subjects’, located in both New England as well as in her native Slovakia share not only architectural similarities, but also the utopian impulse that ran through both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’. — Viera Levitt
Free with museum admission.
Curator and photographer Viera Levitt, following her RISD Graduate Studies’ Artslink Residency and her internship in the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, moved to Rhode Island seven years ago from Slovakia where she was the director of the contemporary art museum. After 3 years as the Director of the CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery, she has, since September 2012, been the Gallery Director for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her show at CCRI about its brutalist megastructure, “We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back” won the 2011 New England Art Award in the Concept/Theme show curator category and inspired her to photograph similar objects through the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Project Grant. Her photographs of Boston City Hall were published in Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Art New England and today, she continues her research of Brutalism through her work at Paul Rudolph designed UMass Dartmouth. From 1996 to the present, Viera has curated or co-curated more than sixty exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and in the USA and has lectured about contemporary art in Bratislava, Brno, Berlin, Rotterdam, Hiroshima, New Delhi, Caracas, Nairobi, as well as in New England.