College of Architecture Professor Michelangelo Sabatino to Lecture at the Newberry Library

College of Architecture Professor Michelangelo Sabatino will lecture at the Newberry Colloquium on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St., Chicago).

Sabatino’s lecture is titled “Toward a Third Utopia: 20th-Century Architecture and Gardens in New Harmony, Indiana.” Over the past two centuries, the Midwestern town of New Harmony, Ind., has functioned as an epicenter for experiments in the arts and sciences. Building upon New Harmony’s nineteenth-century communal utopias, a third transformation initiated by the State of Indiana, Lilly Endowment, and Houston (Texas) native Jane Blaffer Owen led to a cultural re-awakening. The lecture discusses the role that architecture and gardens played in transforming New Harmony into a modern-day pilgrimage site. Sabatino and Ben Nicholson (SAIC) are co-authors of a forthcoming book Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony, Indiana (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).