The exhibition on Lafayette Park, Mies’ premiere urban renewal project, will close this Friday, July 27. Catch it in Crown Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus; it’s open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For our final feature on Lafayette Park (Detroit) ephemera, we present another page (above) from their 1963 summer newsletter, which proves the issue to be chock-full of charmingly sexist anecdotes!
Our favorite item on this page is a piece by Kay Savage Kennedy; she outlines various types of men who cook in their backyards:
“Smoke signals are up in Lafayette Park these nights. The men are cooking—and revealing their personalities. Some men are in one group while others, [sic] have cooking styles that fall in or out of other categories.
There’s the PRIMITIVE—he will have none of your modern outdoor grills. If a simple bonfire was good enough for his ancestors, it’s good enough for him, by golly! Of course he may build the fire right next to a prize rose and it does result in an aching back since his cooking stance is like a bent hairpin.
Another type is the OLD PRO—a peerless performer at the pit. His steaks bear little flags “rare,” “medium” and he hates you if you say “well-done.” He’s all over the place at once, tossing salad, turning steaks, mixing drinks. But he seldom ever gets a bite to eat.
The GOURMET CHEF is the proud owner of every cooking gadget and spice known. Cooking is never simple with him. The menu is always complicated, the drinks secret concoctions with outlandish names and the party must have a theme like Polynesian Feat or Hawaii Luau.
Then there’s the GOOD JOE who knows about cooking but considers it his family duty to manage the grill He keeps the kids running errands, setting the table and bringing the food mom has prepared in the kitchen. The hamburgers may be burned but everybody agrees Dad is a great cook!”
This all brings some food for thought, pun intended. Have we evolved out of the precious stereotype delineated above? It’s only been a few short decades…
Today’s historic item is courtesy of Betty Brown and the publication, “Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies,” 2012.
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