“Sex, architecture, and design were inextricably intertwined in the pages of Playboy magazine from the very beginning.”
lecture: Beatriz COLOMINA, “The Total Interior: Playboy 1953–1979.”
7.00 p.m. / The Artist’s Institute
163 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002
*photo: Ant Farm, “House of the Century.” See “A Playboy Pad: Texas Time Machine,” Playboy (December 1973): 221-25.
Architecture was not simply featured in the magazine but was its very mechanism. The sexual fantasies and the architectural fantasies were inseparable. Architecture turned out to be more seductive than the playmates. It became the ultimate playmate
In response to Lucy McKenzie’s interest in instrumentalized architecture, architectural historian Beatriz Colomina will give a talk, “The Total Interior: Playboy 1953–1979.” Colomina argues that with its massive global circulation and sexualization of architecture, Playboy had more influence on the dissemination of modern design than professional magazines, interiors magazines, and even institutions like the Museum of Modern Art.
As Colomina puts it, “Playboy architecture is all about the interior. The Playboy is an indoors man. The magazine was relentlessly obsessed with the interior and this interior turns out to be infinite. You are invited to dive in into a world without gaps, without cracks, without decay…an infinite perfected interior—a total work of art.”
On Oct. 25th we will gather at The Artist’s Institute to view a new wall painting by Lucy McKenzie at 5:30 PM. Beatriz Colomina will speak a few doors down, at 36 Delancey Street, at 7:00 PM.