Private lecture by Nina Rappaport
October 21, 2015


The Beinecke Library, Yale University, SOM. © Ezra Stoller. Courtesy of the author.


Wednesday October 21, 2015. Lecture starts at noon.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


Nina Rappaport will lecture about photographer Ezra Stoller on Wednesday, October 21, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Chicago offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Ezra Stoller: Photographer expands the understanding of Ezra Stoller, known primarily as an architectural photographer, to one whose oeuvre encompasses numerous subjects including industrial production. Rappaport co-edited a book with Erica Stoller (Ezra’s daughter) which was published by Yale University Press in 2012, featuring essays by different authors that place Stoller in a new light as an artist. Her talk will analyze both his architectural and industrial works as well as his relationship with photography in general. For more information about Ezra Stoller, please visit

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the school’s book series. She directs the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes a traveling exhibition (Detroit, New York, Toronto, London, Lausanne), public programs, and a book published in 2015 by Actar. She curated exhibitions on Ezra Stoller in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, and Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She authored the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-edited the books Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space and Episode Books, 2008). She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse School of Architecture in New York, and Barnard College, among others. Her projects have received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US and NY/Tri-State. For more information about her, please visit


Please note that this is event is only open for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill staff and MAS Context donors.


This talk is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.




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What: Lecture by Nina Rappaport
When: Wednesday October 21, 2015. Lecture starts at noon.
Where: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – 224 S Michigan Ave, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60604
Cost: Private event

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