Case Study House #22 and the Photography of Whiteness. Dianne Harris: Thursdays at Four, Oct. 23, 2014
Framing Los Angeles, 1960:
Case Study House #22 and the Photography of Whiteness
October 23, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop
One of the most famous architectural representations of the 20th century is Julius Shulman’s photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 (1960). In this lecture, Dianne Harris examines this iconic image, asking new questions about what this seemingly well-known photograph might reveal for scholars interested in rethinking architectural photography in the mid-century United States.
Dianne Harris is a historian who specializes in studies that focus on the built environment. She is author of Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America (2012 U of MN Press); her recent scholarship examines postwar houses in the United States between 1945 and 1960 and the history of suburban development during that period. It also focuses on the relationships that exist between what she and others call “race and space,” taking an interest in the role buildings, landscapes, and cities play in the construction and reinforcement of ideas about belonging and exclusion based on socially produced notions of race and racial identity. She also has expertise in the architecture, landscape, and urbanism of the Italian Peninsula, 1600-1800.