Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present, and Future
Friday, October 22 at UMass Dartmouth - Saturday, October 23, 2021 at UMass Amherst
A two-day symposium will take place across two UMass campuses in celebration of our Brutalist heritage and sponsored by UMass Brut. The topics will include architectural history, urbanism and design, public art, and concrete restoration technologies and sustainability. Our goal: to bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss the significance of our Brutalist campus architecture and thus elicit a public discussion about the importance of its preservation. Registration required.
"Standing in Silhouette: The Southwest Dormitories at UMass" Exhibition
September 1 - December 8 UMass Amherst Fall Semester, Greenbaum Gallery at Elm House (entrance on Hicks Way) at 145 Commonwealth Avenue, UMass Amherst
Student exhibition open Fall 2021 in conjunction with the "Brutalism and the Public University: Past, Present and Future" Symposium. Free and open to the public. Opening reception at the Greenbaum Gallery, November 6, 2021, 11 am.
"Brutalism in Color" Exhibit
UMass Amherst, October 20 - 31, Randolph W Bromery Center for the Arts lobby, 151 Presidents Drive, UMass Amherst
Opening on October 15 - 31, 2021 in conjunction with the "Brutalism and the Public University: Past, Present and Future" Symposium. Free and open to the public.
“Brutalism in Color” presents the renowned Brutalist architecture of UMass Amherst and UMass Dartmouth in new and colorful ways. Featuring brightly colored archival photography, original artwork by Lincoln Nemetz-Carlson, PhD, and representations of recent renovations to Brutalist interiors, the exhibition will focus on different ways architects, designers, and caretakers have employed color in and around our Brutalist structures. The exhibit highlights the use of textiles, water, paint, and art not only to connect Brutalism to its original vibrant context of the 1960s and 1970s, but also to portray these architectural masterpieces in an entirely new light.
UMass Amherst Campus Walking Tour: "Southwest Residential Area, Whitmore, Herter, Tobin, Lincoln Campus Center"
Saturday, October 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Start at the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts Plaza at 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP by filling out this form: https://form.jotform.com/umassbrut/umass-brut-walking-tour
• Lincoln Nemetz Carlson, PhD, Graduate Researcher, Campus Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst
• P. Alexander Stoicheff, Graduate Researcher, Campus Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Visitor Parking Options (visit Where to Park - Transportation Services - UMass Amherst):
Park at the Campus Center Parking Garage (cost is $1.75/hour), at a metered parking space on Presidents Drive or the adjacent visitors lot (cost is $1.50/hour). Meters are enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The UMass Amherst campus was established under the Morrill Land Grant in 1863. Today it is the flagship of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, serving a community of over 36,000 in approximately 13.4 million square feet of buildings. Its most significant enrollment growth occurred after World War II with over 10 million square feet of space built within 20 years with a change in scale from rural to a more urban campus consisting of dense neighborhoods and towers, based on the 1963 master plan by Hideo Sasaki. Making UMass a veritable showcase of Brutalism at its zenith, UMass Amherst commissioned the landmark Fine Arts Center (1974) by Kevin Roche (recently renamed the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts) and Lincoln Campus Center by Marcel Breuer (1970) as well other key structures by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Edward Durrell Stone and Hugh Stubbins. The tour will start at the Fine Arts Center (Kevin Roche, 1973), and walk on the campus grounds, viewing Herter Hall (Coletti Borthers, 1968), Whitmore Hall (Campbell & Aldrich, 1967), Southwest Residential Complex (Hugh Stubbins & Assoc., 1965-68), Tobin Hall (Coletti Borthers, 1972), Dubois Library (Edward Durell Stone, 1972), Lincoln Campus Center (Marcel Brewer, 1970), and Lederle Graduate Research Center (Campbell, Aldrich & Nulty, 1971-1973)