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Louis Sullivan: Tragedy and Triumph

From 1880 to 1895, Louis Sullivan and his partner, Dankmar Adler, headed one of the country’s most creative and successful architectural practices. Known for their expertise in theater design, they designed the Auditorium Building, which included not only a magnificent theater but a hotel and office block as well. While they didn’t invent the tall building, Sullivan was among the first to find a way to celebrate its height. Sadly, after the partnership dissolved in 1895, Sullivan found it increasingly difficult to get commissions without his more diplomatic partner, but he stubbornly maintained his artistic principles until his death in 1924. Using both historic and new images, Patrick F. Cannon, author of Louis Sullivan: Tragedy and Triumph, will explore Sullivan’s life and work. Photographer James Caulfield will also be on hand to answer questions about his photographs.

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