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Lecture: Movie Deco by Donald Albrecht

  • 03 Oct 2015
  • 1:00 PM
  • Roosevelt University, Angell Reading Room, 10th Floor, 430 South Michigan


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Leading Scholar Series

In conjunction with the ongoing research for our book, Chicago Art Deco, CADS is proud to present over the next several months a series of lectures by leading scholars on the origins and development of Art Deco.

The Chicago Art Deco Society Presents

Donald Albrecht – Speaking On:


Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM

Roosevelt University

Angell Reading Room – 10th Floor

430 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL  60605

$15 CADS Members, $20 Non-Members

During the 1920s and ‘30s, filmmakers used the architectural language of modernism to extend and enrich movie décor. This lecture will trace three notable movements—machine moderne, streamlinedmoderne, and the neo-Baroque.

Focusing on Hollywood films but including European precedents, the lecture will explore the designers who created the sets, the sources that inspired them, and the meanings they ascribed to modernism. How these films influence today's understanding of the term Art Deco will also be examined.

Mr. Albrecht has curated exhibitions that have ranged from overviews of cultural trends, to profiles of individual design firms and artists.  For most exhibitions, Mr. Albrecht also develops and edits the catalogs, contributing major essays and working with other writers to provide fresh critical perspectives.   His catalogs have garnered numerous awards. 

He has written extensively about the relationship between architecture and film, starting with his seminal book, Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies.

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