Chua Lectures on Architecture, Hip Hop and Utopia
Lawrence Chua, postdoctoral fellow in Asian studies and visiting assistant professor of art history, gave a recent talk at the Syracuse University Humanities Center on “Architecture, Hip Hop, and Utopia.”
His talk examined the ways that hip hop has re-framed modernism and investigates the ways that architecture is mediated, overwritten and redeployed by its users. It brought a discussion of race to historical analyses of architecture’s engagement with mass culture as it was transformed by consumer capitalism in the United States during the 20th century. The talk was part of the Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Fellowship, which Chua was awarded for 2013-2014.