From: lauf-s <lauf-s@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 20:32:36 -0500
Historically, I think a list of lovers among the lights of modernism would
probably be most interesting.
The extramarital affair of James Stirling is well documented within the 1999
biography BIG JIM. Stirling had a relationship with a younger German
architect/educator in the latter half of the 1980s while he was also
teashing in Germany. I believe Stirling died in 1992.
For one semester in 1980 Alan Greenberg (the neo-beaux-arts guy) was a guest
critic at Temple U. I remember overhearing him telling another faculty
member about his reading of Lutyen's biography, and that Lutyen's wrote of
the positive aspects of having a mistress. I'm not sure how it became known,
but Greenberg had a mistress in Philadelphia at the time. Their
connection/cover was their mutual membership in CLASSICAL AMERICA.
As John Young already mentioned, this can get tawdry, so here's proof of
that -- what are we to think of architects, like Frank Isreal, who died of
AIDS. Do we merely assume that multiple partners are part of that biography?
And what is one to think after having seen a well-known quondam Philadelphia
City Planning Commissioner and father of a Hollywood star come out of an art
movie house that at the time was screening a movie entitled MEN IN LOVE? And
given the Brutalism of some of Paul Rudolph's work, is sado-masochism
From Andy Warhol's diary:
Thursday, September 5, 1986
Worked till 8:00. Took Wilfredo and Sam with me to dinner at Castellano with
Philip Johnson and David Whitney. David wasn't drinking so he was reserved.
Philip was thrilled with the young kids. We walked back to Philip and
David's apartment and they invited us up, it was the first time they were
having people, and some kids were coming out of the building as we were
going in and they yelled dirty things like, "You're going up to fuck."
It was great up there, my Cow wallpaper in the bathroom. ...
I had a surprise visitor at Arbor Street today, and the conversation
suddenly stopped when the visitor heard a rooster crowing outside. I said,
"Yes, we now have a resident 'free-range' rooster on Arbor Street." It was
then laughingly suggested I should send a post to design-l entitled "a cock
on my block".
As Molly Shannon says, "Don't get me started! Don't even gat me started!"