Art Deco: At Home and Abroad | Newberry

Art Deco: At Home and Abroad

Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Four sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Saturdays, February 24 - March 17

1 - 3 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $170
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $187

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Art Deco captured the attention of the world in the 1920s and ‘30s. A term that defies definition, its manifestations range from soaring setback skyscrapers to simple streamlined factories, from modern interpretations of classic French cabinets to skyscraper-inspired bookcases, and from jewel-encrusted brooches to simple Bakelite bracelets. This seminar will explore the history of this international design movement and its impact on architecture, furniture, decorative objects, fashion, graphics, and industrial design in the U.S. and abroad. Four sessions.

Kathleen Murphy Skolnik holds an MA in art history and teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière and has lectured and written extensively on Art Deco

Materials List


  • A course pack of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the file that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.