The monumental architecture and the success of the Columbian Exposition inspired congress to finish the nation's Capitol. A critical feature of that process was the conceptualization and construction of a series of monuments for which the aesthetic concept, artist and medium mattered as much as the subject matter itself. Judith Dupre, author of a book titled Monuments: America's History In Art and Memory, will discuss America's best-known monuments and their cultural context and significance.
Judith Dupré is passionate about the built environment. Few writers possess her breadth of experience in writing about history through the lens of a single building type, whether skyscrapers, bridges, memorials, or churches. A New York Times bestselling author published in ten languages, she has written books about all these subjects, including Skyscrapers, the best selling book in the world on that topic; Bridges; Churches; and Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory. Her editorials have appeared in America, Architectural Record, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and Wowowow, among others. Above all, she seeks to engage and delight those who profess "not to know much" about architecture.