The 1920s was a decade of prosperity and new technology, an era when much of the modern world as we know it was forged. The art and architecture of this era continue to capture the imagination 100 years after their original creation, from the stepped profiles of Art Deco skyscrapers to the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, to the boxy villas of Le Corbusier and the fantasies of Hollywood.
This day course will provide an introduction to the architecture and design of the era. We will explore the variety of design approaches encompassed by the label Art Deco, and we will examine the expression of fantasy through the design of movie palaces and resort villages that was itself made possible by modern conditions.
Speakers will address both buildings and decorative arts, focusing especially on centres of fashion that helped to propel the international popularity of various modes of design in an era of mass media.