Bill Green ushers in fall 2022 Architecture Lecture Series

Professor Bill Green, curator of the Library of Material Culture, started off the fall semester’s Thursday Lecture Series with an exploration of the history of design in Ukraine and the USSR.

Professor Bill Green, curator of the Library of Material Culture, started off the fall semester’s Thursday Lecture Series with an exploration of the history of design in Ukraine and the USSR.

The presentation started with ornately painted ceramic works from before the Bronze Age, one of which is on display in Cowgill Hall through August 26th, a product of the Cucuteni-Trypillia culture. The lecture spanned thousands of years of art and architecture in the Ukrainian peninsula, and showed how Ukrainian history and design influenced and was influenced by surrounding cultures. He spoke to the interior design of the Russian Tsars, and the product design of the USSR. The Soviet-made objects he showed, also on display in Cowgill, demonstrated both the Western influence on form and the unique Soviet characteristics found in their craftsmanship.

He ended the hour by discussing Pysanky- the Ukrainian art of delicately hand-painting eggs with intricate motifs laid in colored wax, practiced to this day.

Stop by the Cowgill Lobby before the end of the day on Friday for a look at these historic objects. After that, they will enter the permanent collection of Virginia Tech’s Library of Material Culture.

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