How Postmodernism Made It Possible to Love Houston

Saturday, October 12 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Texas Contemporary Theater

Houston’s coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s coincided with the glory days of architectural postmodernism, of which it was a capital. This talk surveys some of Houston’s postmodern masterpieces and explores the ways that theoretical postmodernism helped make the city intelligible, and even lovable, to natives and newcomers alike.

Kathryn E. O’Rourke is an architectural historian and associate professor of art history at Trinity University. She is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital, and the editor of O’Neil Ford on Architecture. O’Rourke serves on the executive committee of the Society of Architectural Historians and is vice-chair of the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission.