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Greil Marcus discusses ways of thinking about utopian architecture. Marcus describes the 1992 movie Singles, in which...

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October 30, 1992 | Video Lecturer:

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Greil Marcus discusses ways of thinking about utopian architecture. Marcus describes the 1992 movie Singles, in which Bridget Fonda’s character decides to go back to school to become an architect while reading Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Marcus characterizes the 1949 movie based on Rand’s novel as tapping into a seductive image of architecture, in which the architect is a Nietzschian superhero and architecture itself is a form of power. The architect is depicted as a master of time and space, and everyone else is an ant. Marcus points out that in 1934 architects Allen Blackburn and Philip Johnson founded a populist-fascist political party, dissatisfied with ability of modern art to address the major issues of the day.