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U.S. Expert to Talk on Architectural Polarities at the American Cultural Center

The American Cultural Center is pleased to present an illustrated talk on "Architectural Polarities" by well-known art historian Philip Gould, Tuesday, February 24, 2004. The public is welcome to participate in the program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Cultural Center, Suite 2101, 21F, No. 333, Keelung Road, Section 1, Taipei. To ensure a seat, please contact the center to advise of your intention to participate.

Philip Gould, who taught at Sarah Lawrence College for 33 years, has been lecturing around the world. No stranger to Taiwan, he once taught at National Taiwan University and Chinese Cultural University in Taipei. His long, varied career includes 35 exhibitions. Most recently, he presented a show on African iron and copper currencies at Columbia University.

The illustrated presentation on February 24 will focus on two unique works of architecture separated by 2,500 years: The Parthenon in Athens and the Kaufmann House in Bear Run, Pennsylvania, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The structure, design, materials, and function of these two buildings will be analyzed. The presentation will conclude with an exploration of the nature and genesis of the change in architecture over the centuries and the role of contemporary American painting in this dramatic transformation. Among the architects to be discussed are Antoni Gaudi, Le Corbusier, I.M. Pei, and Frank Gehry; painters discussed will include Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Roy Lichtenstein. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Chinese interpretation.

For more information, please contact Ms. Teresa Huang at 2723-3959 x 214 or Ms. Vicky Tsao, ext. 283; fax: 2725-2644; e-mail: