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Serendipitous Formalism

Knowlton Hall / West Patio
April 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to July 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Banvard Gallery will host the exhibition Serendipitous Formalism on Knowlton Hall's West Patio beginning Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The exhibit will open with a BBQ reception co-hosted with AIAS from 4-6:30 p.m. on the 25th.


In 1755, the critic Horace Walpole invents the term Serendipity. In a letter to Horace Mann, Walpole describes the derivation of the term as coming from the plot of a Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the three travelers “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.” [1] Serendipitous Formalism will culminate a year of such discoveries and attempt to construct some conclusions.

1 The Letters of Horace Walpole: Earl of Orford, Vol. 11 (1842) edited by John Wright

About the Team

Migg Caulkins Urban Visiting Professor Emily Mohr and Architecture Lecturer Jonathan Rieke