Time and Place

Time: 6:15pm
Location: Milwaukee Art Museum, Lubar Auditorium

A Modern Education: Learning from Froebel, Frank Lloyd Wright, Anne Tyng and Isamu Noguchi” presentation by Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic, Curbed; Author, “The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids”

This lecture is Co-sponsored by BSI and Milwaukee Art Museum.

For further information on Lange’s lecture: https://mam.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=9794
For further information on the corresponding MAM exhibition: https://mam.org/exhibitions/details/serious-play.php


Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications including Architect, Design Observer, Dezeen and Metropolis, as well as in New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She was a 2014 Loeb Fellow at the Har-vard Graduate School of Design. Her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids was published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2018. Research for the book was support-ed by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is also the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), and Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson.

Lecture Summary

Architecture Critic Alexandra Lange will be giving a lecture based on her new book The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids (Bloomsbury, 2018). She will be lecturing on the origins of wooden blocks, including their emergence in American kindergartens and how various modernist designers and educators played an integral role in their development. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the MAM exhibition Serious Play: Midcentury Design in America (September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019, and is also the opening keynote lecture for the ACSA Fall 2018 Conference, hosted by the School of Architecture & Urban Design at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The lecture and exhibition will be free and open to the public on Thursday, October 11 as part of the First Thursday of Every Month sponsored by Meijer.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Additional information about the lectures and exhibitions can be found by contacting the main reception at (414) 229-4014, and by emailing any inquiries to Associate Dean Karl Wallick.