In addition to the exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art, UT is doing an architecture lecture series on Mid-Century Modern:
Pierre Koenig. The Eames chair. California cool. This five-lecture series explores some of the most important developments in American architecture and interior design of the 1950s and early ’60s, a period famous for its aesthetic of cool, sleek modernism. Designed to complement the nationally acclaimed “Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury” exhibition hosted at the Blanton Museum of Art February 22–May 17, 2009, the series examines the dynamic architects and designers whose innovative work shaped American postwar culture and whose influence is still felt in our continued fascination with modernist cool. Lectures are led by outstanding School of Architecture faculty with wide-ranging expertise in the roots and influences of modernism. Topics include Frank Lloyd Wright, the Case Study House program, Joseph Eichler’s postwar projects of mass-scale modernism, the deconstruction of “cool” in furniture and interior design, and postwar experiments with prefabrication. Don’t miss this informed and inspiring tour of some of the most iconic buildings and furniture of the twentieth century.
Dates: Five Thursdays, Feb. 19–March 26 (no class March 19)
Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Series Fee: $130 (discounted to $104 for select groups)
Single Lecture: $30
Photo is of Nuetra’s Ohara Residence.