Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit by Michael H. Hodges (Wayne State University Press) tells the tale of the penniless German-Jewish immigrant who never went beyond elementary school, yet at his death was one of the world's most-famous architects. In this lecture and slide show, Hodges will discuss Kahn's seminal contributions to modern architecture, his staunch defense of the Detroit Institute of Arts' Diego Rivera murals when they came under attack, and his role in laying down the industrial backbone for the Soviet Union as chief consulting architect for the first Five Year Plan.
Michael H. Hodges is the fine-arts writer at The Detroit News, where he's worked since the early 1990s. Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit is his second book. His first, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations, was named one of the best books of 2013 by the Library of Michigan.