In conjunction with the exhibition of illustrator Carlos Diniz’s drawings of the US Embassy Moscow at Pushkin House, Tim Abrahams gives a lecture on the significance of Diniz’s work. Diniz was a key pioneer in developing the specialised role of the architectural illustrator in the sophisticated media landscape of America in the post-war period. No building better exposes the gap between aspiration and reality than the US Embassy in Moscow designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Diniz’s illustrations capture the attempt by the design architect Charles Edward Bassett to create an idealised American community in the centre of the Soviet capital. The talk will explore the emergence of this idealised settlement and how it was confounded by the politics of the Cold War and urban realities in Moscow.
Tim Abrahams is curator of Off Location: Drawings for the US Embassy Moscow and writes about architecture for The Economist. Tickets may be purchased on the Pushkin House website.