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Architecture and Design Authority John Loring Speaks at Kent State

Posted Sep. 26, 2011
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Architecture and design expert
John Loring will speak at Kent State
on Oct. 6.

Photo credit: Seiji Kakizaki

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series and Kent State University’s College of the Arts presents a lecture by John Loring on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.  Loring will discuss his newest book entitled Joseph Urban, a biography on the prolific Gilded Age architect, illustrator, designer and significant set designer of the 20th century.  The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech Center, 1325 Theatre Dr. in Kent.  Parking is free.

A book signing and free dessert reception will take place following the lecture.  Reservations are not required. Books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture in the lobby.  Only cash or check will be accepted.

Loring is the former New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest and design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. He graduated from Yale University, has an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts.  He has authored 21 books on Tiffany & Co. design, style and entertaining.
Loring’s Joseph Urban is filled with Urban’s drawings, more than 200 color illustrations, including paintings, renderings and stage sets, as well as photographs of both interiors and exteriors of his work.   Joseph Urban is a lavish celebration of this prolific artist, architect and designer whose accomplishments include magnificent Art Deco buildings, spectacular Ziegfeld Follies productions and dramatic sets for the Metropolitan Opera. Loring will show the audience a slide show featuring the famous and inexhaustible list of projects by Urban.
Joseph Urban (1872–1933) began his career as an architect and artist in Vienna before moving to America in 1911. In 1914, he moved to New York where he ultimately signed on as set designer of the Metropolitan Opera. He also became immersed in designing nightclubs, hotel lounges, skyscrapers, theaters, stage and film sets, and even children’s books. His creative output was immense but, unfortunately, little remains of his work except the Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and the New School at the base of the Hearst Tower in New York City.

Loring’s visit is made possible by the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, which brings diverse views to Kent State University in the fields of architecture, visual art, music, theatre and dance to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community.  The series was created by Max (deceased) and Cecile Draime in memory of their dear friend and architect, Thomas Schroth.

For more information about the event, call the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760.