Join us for this exciting public discussion on the curator as designer and scholar with former Getty Research Institute curator, Wim de Witt, and Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Cantor Arts Center, Padma Maitland. This event is part of the Spring 2019 course ARCH 271: Methods of Historical Research & Criticism in Architecture and co-sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative.
Wim de Witt was head of the Architecture and Contemporary Art Department at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles from 1993 through 2013. He co-curated the Pacific Standard Time initiative on modern architecture in Los Angeles (2013) and curated exhibitions, including Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937, and Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. From 2013 through 2018, de Witt was curator of architecture and design at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, where he curated Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975.
Padma Maitland is the Patrick J.J. Maveety Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. His doctoral degree from UC Berkeley examines transnational Buddhist pilgrimage networks and their impact on modern architecture, art and literature. During his studies in Wurster Hall, Maitland co-founded Room One Thousand, an architecture journal run by the students and alumni of the Department of Architecture.