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Lecture » Irene Cheng
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Irene Cheng is an architectural historian, critic, and designer. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, cultural history, politics, and the history of science. Her current project, entitled “The Shape of Utopia: Architectures of Radical Reform in Nineteenth-Century America,” explores the geometry of architectural projects affiliated with anarchist, socialist, abolitionist, free love, spiritualist, and other radical antebellum movements. The project has received generous fellowship support from the Whiting Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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The Octagon Style of Settlement (Plans for an octagonal vegetarian abolitionist colony in Kansas)
Illustration from The American Phrenological Journal 22 (July 1855)
Courtesy of Irene Cheng