Justin Beal will present the “Sandfuture” lecture for the Fay Jones School on January 24

Balthazar Korab

Minoru Yamasaki and his assistant with a model of the World Trade Center, circa 1969. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Justin Beal will speak at 4 p.m., Monday, January 24, at Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250, Vol Walker Hall on the U of A campus, as part of the Spring Lecture Series at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The conference will also be available to watch live via Zoom.

Beal is an artist with a long history of exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

The Fay Jones School Spring Lecture Series is presented in conjunction with Location Log, an internationally renowned online journal of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning.

Registration because the online version of the conference is available on Zoom.

In his talk, “Sandfuture”, Beal will discuss his recently published book, Sandfuture (MIT Press, 2021). The book traces the life of architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986), who remains on the fringes of history despite the enormous influence of his work on American architecture and society. Among his projects, Yamasaki designed the first World Trade Center in New York in the 1960s.

Sandfuture is also a book about an artist who questions the role of art and architecture in culture as New York changes dramatically after a decade between terrorism and natural disaster.

From the common thread of Yamasaki’s life, Sandfuture spirals outward to include reflections on a wide range of topics, from the figure of the architect in literature and film and the transformations of the contemporary art market to the perils of sick buildings and social and political implications broader issues of how and for whom cities are built.

Beal graduated from Yale University with a degree in architecture and went on to study at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the University of Southern California.

His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, the new yorker, art forum, Frieze, Art in America and the Los Angeles Times, and it is part of the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Beal teaches at Hunter College in New York. Sandfuture is his first book.

The school is seeking continuing education credit for this conference through the American Institute of Architects.

This conference is open to the public. Admission is free, with a limited number of places. For details on how to watch the lecture online, please visit the Fay Jones School website conference page. To register for the entire online lecture series, fill out this form on Zoom.

For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or fayjones.uark.edu.

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