The Westcott House is teaming up with Cats of Brutalism to present a free virtual program - a conversation with Emily Battaglia, Madelaine Ong and Michaela Senay, creators of Cats of Brutalism, and students of the Master of Architecture program at the University at Buffalo. Cats of Brutalism is an Instagram account, originally created by Emily, Madelaine and Michaela in 2020 as part of a studio project, advocating for brutalism, in collaboration with professors Gregory Delaney and Brett Doster. Within just a few months, their project gained thousands of followers, and was featured as one of “5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now” by The New York Times.
Cats of Brutalism juxtaposes brutalist buildings with super-scaled cats as a means of introducing warmth, softness, and whimsy to the often-perceived-as cold, hard, and severe forms of brutalism. The pairing is intentionally absurd, but also fitting—the rough textures, complex forms, and often compartmentalized and/or aggregate massing of brutalism offers the ideal post for scratching, climbing, hiding, and perching, as cats do. As a response to the internet’s obsession with all-things-cats and cat-humor, the account aims to capture the attention of the cat-loving public, as well as the architecture and design aficionados, with a goal of involving the public in conversations about brutalism and the future of brutalist buildings.
Wednesday July 21, 6:00 pm Eastern
Free, advance registration required