Serena Keshavjee

Dr. Serena Keshavjee
photo: Oliver Botar

Serena Keshavjee

Winnipeg, MB

Leading the Modernist Architecture Bus Tour - Saturday, November 6 @12:30 pm (time tbc)

Dr. Serena Keshavjee is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg, where she coordinates the Art History program.  In 2006 she co-curated an exhibition on modern architecture for the Winnipeg Art Gallery (with Prof. Herbert Enns from the University of Manitoba), and edited a related anthology, Winnipeg Modernist Architecture:1945-1975, for the University of Manitoba Press. Currently she is working on a SSHRC project researching the reception of evolutionary theory in fin de siècle France.

Modernist Architecture Bus Tour
Lead by Serena Keshajvee, Professor of Art History, University of Winnipeg
Saturday, November 6 – 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (time tbc)
Meet your Guide at 12:30 pm in the Front Lobby of the Hotel Fort Garry.
Limited participation. Sign up is required at registration table prior to event.

Highlights of Winnipeg Modernist Architecture with Serena Keshavjee

Winnipeg has been rightly seen as a kind of crucible of Canadian Modernist architecture. Under the directorship of John Russell, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Manitoba graduated some of the most important representatives of Canadian Modernism. Many of the graduates remained in Winnipeg, producing one of the richest stocks of Modernist architecture in Canada. Despite the relative lack of redevelopment pressure in Winnipeg, one cannot be complacent concerning this rich heritage. Just as Modernist buildings reach 50 years old and become candidates for designation, many are threatened with inappropriate renovations or demolition because they seem out of style, such as the Winnipeg Airport (1964).  Most Canadians are not aware that we are in the midst of a crisis of historical preservation.

This three hour bus tour lead by Serena Keshavjee, who edited an anthology and co-curated an exhibition on Winnipeg Modern architecture in 2006, will highlight Winnipeg’s iconic Modernist buildings, such as the Civic Centre Complex (1964-67), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1972), Monarch Life building (1959-61), and the University of Winnipeg’s Centennial Hall (1972),  as well as number of lesser known, but equally interesting buildings, such as the ensemble on Osborne Street north, the Norquay Building (1959), and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Studio building (1947-8),  one of the earliest Modern buildings. Much of the tour will entail driving by buildings, but be prepared to leave the bus to explore in more depth.

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