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Interior Design in the 1950s and 60s
Art - Lecture/Discussion
Sunday, January 6, 2013
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dr. Kristina Wilson (Clark University) will examine the rise and popularity of modern design in American suburban homes from the 1950s through the 1960s. The landscape of suburbia, popularly known in these decades as the ultimate landscape of conformity, was a surprising epicenter of the blossoming acceptance of modern design: iconic chairs, tables, and bookcases by Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and George Nelson filled the shelter magazines of the period and (to a slightly lesser extent) the homes of the American suburbs. This lecture will discuss some of the major iconic objects of the period, and analyze the stylistic changes from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. It will also evaluate the lifestyles and behaviors that such objects promoted, and consider them as agents in understanding the fabric of American popular life in these decades.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by: www.MassHumanities.org and the Amelia Hutchinson Haley Lecture Fund.
Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
Last Modified: March 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM