Despite careers separated by a century, architect Désiré Despradelle (1862–1912) and artist Grazia Toderi (b. 1963) share a conception of the city and urban architecture as spectacle. Presented together for the first time, Toderi’s video diptych Red Babel (2006) and Despradelle’s drawings for Beacon of Progress (1893–1900) are utopian visions, both in dialogue with the Tower of Babel.
Grazia Toderi and Désiré Despradelle: Spectacular Cities is on view in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography. The exhibition was curated by Gary Van Zante, with the assistance of Jonathan Duval.