Fiction and reality in Moscow: Carlos Diniz’s Drawings for the US Embassy
Thursday 22 February 2018, 78.30pm

Carlos Diniz, Embassy of the United States, Moscow, View A, c. 1976, DM 2967.16

Carlos Diniz (1928–2001), Embassy of the United States, Moscow, View A, c. 1976. Pen and ink on vellum, 980 x 850 mm. © Copyright Estate of Carlos Diniz.

Thursday 22 February 2018, 7–8.30pm
Pushkin House
5A Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2TA

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.