Churchill College is delighted to present an exhibition of photography by Sam Laughlin from Friday 8th to Sunday 24th of March in the Main Concourse at Churchill College. This exhibition is part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

This exhibition of photographic works emphasises the Modernist architecture of the College and its status as the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. The project explores the themes of living memorials, monument and Modernism. Sam Laughlin's work is characterised by the use of a distinct aesthetic treatment and a newfound focus on specific aspects of the College's architecture. The project builds upon previous works by the photographer that explored meaning and memory as inherent in architectural structures and, in this project, he applies these themes to a vibrant college, the architecture of which stands simultaneously as a form of monument.

Churchill College was an architectural breakthrough for the University and for higher education in Britain, for it was the first major project in the Modernist idiom. Modernism is the architecture of pure form, truth to materials, and the repudiation of art applied to surfaces, for the aesthetic must flow from form, materials, and function. Modernists were ambivalent about monumentality. They might eschew it as timidly historicist or pompously mannered; but they might also seek a breakthrough to a monumentalism fit for modernity.

A twenty-minute film about the building of Churchill College, lost for a generation, now fragile, has been recently digitised for posterity. Made between 1962 and 1964, when the College’s central buildings were under construction, the film was directed by Andrew Sinclair, the first Fellow in History and future professional film-maker. The full film can be viewed on the Churchill College website.

Mark Goldie, this clip’s narrator, is a College Lecturer in History. He has been a Fellow of Churchill since 1979, and has served as Admissions Tutor for the Arts, and as Vice-Master. In his University role, he is Reader in British Intellectual History and is the Chair of the Faculty of History. He has published extensively on politics and ideas in Stuart and Hanoverian Britain. He is the College's (strictly unofficial) historian, and is author of 'Churchill College: The Guide', and 'Corbusier Comes to Cambridge: Post-War Architecture and the Competition to Build Churchill College'.

Churchill College: Architecture as Monument by Sam Laughlin
FREE EXHIBITION, 8th-24th March 2013, Main Concourse, Churchill College
Opening Hours 09:00 - 18:00 Daily
Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS
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Twitter: @ChurchillCol #MonumentalChurchill

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