Browse Exhibits (3 total)
Revived Ruins, Ideological Affiliations, and Overlapping Culture: Postcards Commemorating Ancient Greek Architecture and the American Adoption of the Same
Travelers love ruins. Ruins, though broken, weathered, and worn by time, are symbols of cultural power that commemorate the past that has become a pivotal part of our modern cultural foundation.
The West is a cultural bricolage of ancient conventions, an assemblage of the reformed habits, beliefs, and features of societies and civilizations that once existed. In the United States, for instance, we have assimilated features of Ancient Greek philosophy and political thought into our political and cultural environment (namely their innovation of democracy), we appreciate Ancient Rome for its staggering example of effective empire-building strategy, and in our modern cultural and artistic tastes we can easily spot traces and holdovers from the ecclesial art of the middle ages.
Americans have adopted many Greek architectural features specifically into buildings with important intellectual, cultural, and governmental affiliations. Is this an associative trend which speaks volumes about American appreciation and respect for these bygone periods? What kind of philosophical and epistemolgical associations with these cultures is American architecture trying to assert?
The following postcards: (1.) commemorate a significant location, (2.) help the card-consumer(s) create travel memories, and (3.) help the card-receivers imagine the travel experiences their contact(s) have had. The location, rendered and recorded visually on the card, marries itself to the travel experience of the card-buyer upon its purchase, and even more so should the buyer choose to use the card and add their own text, their own invention, to the extant knowledge material of the card. And the recipient uses the information s/he finds on the card to construct a moment in their minds, the moment that the card-sender experienced.
We may not initially notice classical or neo-classical architecture when we visit these significant places (and document our travels to these places, via postcard), but as westerners, and especially as Americans, we can't help but understand, at least unconsciously, the symbolic significance of the classical and neo-classical styles.
In almost every state capitol in the nation, there are traces of the Ancient Greece and Ancient Roman architecture. These traces can be seen in not only buildings, such as houses, national buildings, and offices, but also in arches, churches, and even spas (bath houses).
These various architectural designs that the Western society has adopted shows how heavily influenced we are by the Ancient Greek culture and Roman culture. During this era, the building was intended to communicate its function to the viewer automatically. Also known as architecture parlante-- which literally means "speaking architecture"-- its purpose is to explain its identity to the viewer.
The term used for this adoption of architecture is known as Neoclassicism. As part of the Neoclassical movement in the 19th century, Neoclassicism is the desire to return to the roots of Greek and Roman architectural design.
In this exhibit, there will be three subcategories. These subcategories are part of the Classical Order, which are also known as the three Ancient Greek Orders. A brief description of each order will be given as well as where they appear in Western society.
A overview of significant bridges that connect the state of Florida.