Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
September 18, 2007
Project of modernity: a "tumultous cultural condition" in the city. Performance and enactment of modernity in the urban sphere through a cultural confrontation with the past.
|Mussolini's destructions of urban space in Rome: Piazza Venezia in 1932. Clearing the "clutter" of historical fabric to reveal the glorius ancient monuments.|
Il piccone risanatore (The "healing pick"): Mussolini at the Roman Forum.
Roman Forum 1932.
Piazza Augusto Imparatore 1937. Fascism appropriates the ancient monument.
Selective history or architectural amnesia: Acropolis of Athens at the time of the Ottoman Empire. The stone buildings of the Ottoman city are "cleared away" to reveal the pure beauties of classical Athens.
Austin Henry Layard's reconstruction of the Assyrian city of Kalhu (Nimrud) which he mistakenly thought as Nineveh (published as Monuments of Nineveh, 1849-1853).
The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London (built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, designed by Joseph Paxton)