Event—Adult Education

The Women of Art Deco Design


Australia Mosaic Detail, Hildreth Meière, 1932. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Class Description

Design textbooks and histories of design from the age of Art Deco, in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, are filled with names like Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Rene Lalique, Paul Manship, and Raymond Loewy—all men. Yet many of the modern, exuberant designs of the Art Deco era can be traced to talented and versatile women artists who have now been overlooked, forgotten, or overshadowed by a better known spouse.

Examine the contributions of women to Art Deco designs in the fields of painting, murals, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, fashion, jewelry, photography, industrial design, and graphics.

Kathleen Murphy Skolnik teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (2014) and a contributor to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (2018).

Materials List

No reading materials are required, but participants will be given a list of supplementary books and articles related to the topic.

Cost and Registration

4 Sessions, $200 ($180 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

We now offer our classes at three different price options: Regular ($200), Community Supported ($190), and Sponsor ($210). Following the models of other institutions, we want to ensure that our classes are accessible to a wider audience while continuing to support our instructors. You may choose the price that best fits your situation when registering through Learning Stream.

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