Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Architect Vanishes
Michael H. Hodges, Fine Arts Writer, The Detroit News
Dinner & Lecture
Members / Students $15
Deadline for dinner registration: Monday, February 25, 2019 (to accommodate catering)
6 pm | Cocktails
7 pm | Dinner
8 pm | Lecture
Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who invented the humane “daylight factories” that helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News reporter Michael H. Hodges — author of “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit” — will review Kahn’s local legacy, his vigorous defense of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals when under attack, and his role helping the Soviets beat the Nazis in 1941-42.
Michael H. Hodges is the fine-arts writer for The Detroit News, where he’s worked since 1991. “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit” is his second book on local architecture. His first, “Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations,” was named a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Hodges blames his architectural enthusiasms on both the picturesque Oakland County dairy farm he grew up on, as well as the six years he spent as a student at the Cranbrook School for Boys.