THAT’S BRUTAL! Brutalism in Rhode Island Docomomo Tour Day 2012

WHERE: List Art Center, Brown University, 64 College Street, Providence, RI 02912 and CCRI Knight Campus, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886

WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11AM

GUIDES: Dietrich Neumann PhD, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University; Viera Levitt, Director Knight Campus Art Gallery; Architect Robert Reilly, formerly of Perkins + Will

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: $15 general public / $10 Docomomo members / $5 Students – Ticket price includes a light lunch.

In conjunction with Docomomo Tour Day 2012, Mid-Century Modern RI is pleased to host THAT’S BRUTAL! Brutalism in Rhode Island, a tour and discussion about two important Brutalist structures – List Center at Brown University and the Knight Campus building at Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) – on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 11AM.

They may not be Hollywood pretty, but they have character. Strength. A different kind of beauty.

Brutalism, an architectural spin-off of modernism that gets its moniker from the French “béton brut” meaning “raw concrete,” remains as divisive a style today as during its heyday a half century ago. You either love it, or you hate it. Really hate it. In fact, numerous icons of the brutalism movement are currently under fire: vilified in the press and slated for destruction. From Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago (1974), to Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York (1971), Architectural Preservation has turned its focus mid-century modern ri © 2012 | | tel: +1 718 501 8766 | info@midcenturymodernri.comtoward saving these maligned and misunderstood buildings. This impassioned emotionalism is at the heart of Mid-Century Modern RI’s Docomomo Day Tour.

The tour will commence in the main lobby of the List Center with a discussion of the building by Dietrich Neumann PhD, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University.

Philip Johnson‘s Albert and Vera List Art Building (1971) has been described by Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission‘s William McKenzie Woodward as: “Particularly successful as an aesthetic object. Further, it makes a dramatic and appropriate use of its steep hillside site and relates surprisingly well to the John Hay Library at its rear.”

Next, the tour will continue at CCRI’s Knight Campus, where a light lunch will be served in the school’s Art Gallery prior to exploring the building with input from the building’s designer, Architect Robert Reilly, formerly of Perkins + Will.

Perkins + Will’s CCRI Knight Campus (1972) is a bold edifice described on the school’s website thusly: “The choice of what was at the time an innovative architectural form shows a progressive attitude on the part of state government, and as a result Warwick obtained what is probably the most significant contemporary structure in Rhode Island. RIHPC likewise described it as “ One of the most striking and innovative contemporary structures in the state.”

Viera Levitt, Knight Campus Art Gallery’s Director and recipient of a New England Curator Award for her 2011 show “We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back” at CCRI’s Knight Campus building, will give a presentation of her photographs of important Brutalist buildings.

Tour participants will provide their own vehicles and will be given a map with directions upon ticket purchase.

To register for THAT’S BRUTAL!: please visit and click the registration quadrant.

For questions about the tour or payment options, please contact Robert Stack:

About Mid-Century Modern RI

While our friends are busy celebrating the colonial heritage of ye olde New England, Mid- Century Modern RI will be celebrating many of the over looked and downright forgotten Mid- Century Modern gems the littlest state in the union has to offer.

So put on your LaCoste, rev up the Corvair, and join for a trip down Mid-Century Modern lane, Rhode Island style. Vroom, Vroom! Visit us at

About Docomomo

Docomomo promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement. It promotes the exchange of knowledge about this important legacy, which extends from the planned city and the iconic monument to the house next door. For more info about Docomomo, including membership, visit

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