Past Event

Special Series in Design History

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:15PM until Thursday March 8, 2012 4:45PM
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

Design History Primary

Hannah Carlson
“Objects at Hand: Pockets and Modern Dress”
Thursday, March 1, 3:15pm

Hannah Carlson is a lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American visual and material culture, the history of sexuality and the body, and fashion theory. Carlson served as the Polaire Weissman Fellow in Art History at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art and received the Uncommon Voice Prize for highest literary merit in a volume of Common-Place. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in English Literature and Studio Art, an MA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Museum Studies, Costume and Textile Conservation, and received a PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 2009.

Jonathan Mekinda
“Constructing ‘The House of Man’: Franco Albini and the Place of Neorealism in Design at Mid-Century”
Monday, March 5, 3:15pm

Jonathan Mekinda is a historian of modern and contemporary architecture and design and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design and the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mekinda has presented papers at numerous conferences and institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), the College Art Association, and the Society of Architectural Historians, and has written for journals such as Design and Culture and Design Issues. His current research investigates architecture and design in Italy between 1930 and 1960, with a particular focus on the Neorealist culture of the postwar period. He received a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, where his work was supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Freyja Hartzell
“Delight in Sachlichkeit: The ‘Thingly’ Things of Richard Riemerschmid”
Tuesday, March 6, 3:15pm

Freyja Hartzell is currently a visiting instructor in art at Wesleyan University. Her dissertation on German design reform and cultural aesthetics, “Delight in Sachlichkeit: Richard Riemerschmid and the Thingliness of Things” explores Munich artist Richard Riemerschmid’s designs for the domestic interior as a primary locus of aesthetic and cultural transformation during the modern period. She holds a BA in Art and Art History from Grinnell College and MAs from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture and from Yale University. Hartzell is completing a PhD in the History of Art at Yale University.

Eric Anderson
“Displaying Design, Designing Culture: Objects and Exhibitions in Ringstrasse Vienna”
Thursday, March 8, 3:15pm

Eric Anderson is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His research interests encompass nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and decorative arts in Europe and America. In 2005, he curated the show Garden Communities in Queens, 1909-1949 at the Queens Museum of Art. Anderson’s work has appeared in Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today (Fiona Fisher and Patricia Lara-Betancourt, eds.). Among his awards, Anderson received the Baird Society Resident Scholarship from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and a DAAD dissertation research grant. He holds a BA with Honors from Williams College and received a PhD from Columbia University in 2009.

Image: Franco Albini, Stanza per un uomo, VI Triennale di Milano, 1936.