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Presented by Jonathon Mekinda
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the definition of “modern” design was the subject of a fierce debate among architects, designers, and critics that played out in exhibitions, journals, and projects across Europe and America. Focusing on Chicago and Milan, this lecture will consider the place of Art Deco in that debate. Both major centers of commercial and industrial activity, these two cities were also leading centers of theoretical as well as practical design for the emerging machine age. Through a consideration of significant projects in the two cities, from international expositions to individual residences, this lecture will examine the emergence of Art Deco among the full range of practices devised in pursuit of “modern” design.
Jonathan Mekinda is Asst. Professor, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago
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