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Lecture Series #328


2020 Spring Lecture Series

 Location: Santa Monica Main Campus • Humanities & Social Science Room 165   [MAP]
 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Fee: $39.00 / each lecture


01 Masters in Glass • February 29 • Register

The glasswork of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods is among the most elegant and extravagant in decorative art history.  Some of the most famous and prolific glass designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Emile Gallé, and René Lalique exemplify the outstanding contributions made to works of art in glass during these time periods..  Their opulent designs in vases, lamps, stained glass, and other objets d'art set artistic standards in creativity, beauty, and luxury in the art of glassmaking.  This illustrated lecture will also explore the lives of these artists as trendsetters surrounded by the social and artistic influences of the periods in which they lived.


02 Early 20th Century Women Designers • March 7 • Register

Women designers of the early 20th century had a profound influence on the way we perceive, experience, and enjoy our built environments, interiors, and decorative objects. This illustrated lecture explores the work and influence of such designers and architects as Elsie de Wolfe, Julia Morgan, Eileen Gray, Lilly Reich, and others. Their lives and the beauty of their enduring designs are documented within the context of the social and political issues they faced, as they left their unmistakable imprint upon 20th-century design.


03 The Western Works of Frank Lloyd Wright • March 14 • Register

Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair with the Western part of the United States embodied a symbolic interaction between art, humans, and nature in his buildings.  Moved by an environment so different from the context of his earlier works, he conceived works in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  From his choice of concrete block construction to his utilization of natural desert forms, his Western work constitutes a continuation of his forms of the grammar of the built environment.  Through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores the architecture and interiors of the 50-year period that Wright worked in the West, set against the backdrop of his personal life and the stories behind these structures.