Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Art History

First Advisor

Eugene Dwyer

Abstract

An investigation of the intersection of architectural practice and curatorial theory, this thesis situates Zaha Hadid's design for Cincinnati's Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art within the canon of museum architecture. Hadid, one of many architects responding to the orthodoxies of Modernism, posits a novel way to counter the antiseptic "white cube" museum space with environments that encourage visitors to contextualize exhibitions within the infinite abyss of the contemporary moment.

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