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(in-person) The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities
Tuesday October 25 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his new book called: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities “ and presents a selection of them in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer
Mathew M. Duman is a photographer, graphic designer and writer who grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He attended the grotesque-free campus of Central Connecticut State University but studied abroad in Italy and Britain as well. While in Europe, he developed a fascination with the features of medieval architecture. After graduation, Mathew continued exploring with photographic trips to Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Back in the United States Mathew began exploring the relationship between the medieval architecture of Europe and collegiate architecture in the United States.
Mathew possesses limitless curiosity as well as a appreciation of irony and the comedic. These concepts became key factors in shaping his perspective on this type of sculpture and are a driving force in his exploration of the grotesque. Learn more at www.thegrotesque10.com
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Books will be for sale at this event.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library!
Wednesday February 1 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday February 2 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm