Brutal Library: A Symposium

The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library building was dedicated in 1967 and is an award-winning example of the brutalist style architecture. Our celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary will set the building in its historical, social and cultural context  - generating understanding and appreciation for this iconic but challenging structure.

Peter Chadwick will deliver the keynote lecture and serve as scholar-in-residence for the symposium. He is a London-based art director and graphic designer. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then worked at Creation Records, where he designed for chart-topping bands such as Primal Scream and Spiritualized. After setting up his own studio in 1996, Chadwick masterminded campaigns for major artists, including Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, Cream and Hed Kandi. He runs the popular This Brutal House Twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and is a champion of brutalist architecture the world over. His recent book This Brutal World (Phaidon, 2016) has been described as “a beautifully curated visual manifesto” for brutalism.


Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017



For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit


Wednesday, November 01, 2017



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