Sisters: Know '20s - Modern or Modernistic? Art Deco Architecture and Design

Keith Eggener Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 1/17/2020
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
 Consider the characteristics and cultural significance of art deco and design.

Modern architecture in the early 20th century was characterized by social engineering and the relentless pursuit of innovation. Modern designers, that is, aimed not only to respond to the urban, industrial world around them, but to better the lives of its people through ever-new, improved forms and systems. Against this, the Art Deco of the 1920s and '30s, and the related Art Moderne of the '30s and '40s, were often cast as conservative or superficial - modernistic, but not fully modern. There was good reason for this, yet these styles were also very much parts of the modern era. Looking at several examples of Art Deco and Moderne architecture and design, mostly from the U.S., this presentation will consider their formal characteristics, cultural significance, and their place in the history of modernism.

Keith Eggener is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon. Previously, he taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Carleton College. He has published books and essays on art, architecture, landscape, urban design, cinema, photography, and material culture, primarily of 20th century Mexico and the United States. He is a columnist for "Places" and editor of "The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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Library: Sisters Public Library    Find the Sisters Public Library
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Liz Goodrich
Contact Number: 541-312-1032
Presenter: Keith Eggener