Histories of Design, Architecture and Objects
Material Culture, Film, Gender
PhD. History (University of London)
B.A. History (University of Leeds)
For many years my two main areas of research were furniture and interior design, and issues of gender and class (across a wide range of design and film related topics). My more recent work has focused on design and film (separately and together) in the USA in the twentieth century. I have also worked closely with directors making films about design and designers, including Charles and Ray Eames: the architect and the painter (PBS December 2011). My most recent publications are listed below. Others include Women Designers in the USA, 1900-200: Diversity and Difference 2000, Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century, 1995, The Gendered Object 1996, and You Tarzan: Masculinity, Movies, and Men, 1993 and Me Jane: Masculinity, Movies, and Women, 19950 (both with Janet Thumim). Fellowships received include The Getty, The Royal College of Art, London, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.
Selected Recent Projects:
- Saul Bass: A Life in Design and Film, Laurence King Publishers, 2011.
- “Reassessing the Saul Bass and Alfred Hitchcock Collaboration” in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring-summer 2011, vol 18, no. 01
- “At Home with California Modern”, in Wendy Kaplan (ed.), Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965, MIT Press, 2011.
- “New Environments for Modern Living: 'at home' with the Eameses”, in Penny Sparke, et.al (eds.) Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, Berg, 2009.
- “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Interior”, in The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2008 (with Scott Perkins).
- Appearance in Saul Bass: Title Champ, (2008 directed by Gary Leva), Leva Film Works & Universal Studios (with Martin Scorsese and Kyle Cooper).
- “ The Evolution of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman” in David Hanks (ed), The Eames Lounge Chair: an Icon of Modern Design, Merrell, 2006.
- “Morale and the Home Front; Fashion. Femininity, and Propaganda in World War II Britain”, in Jacqueline Atkins (ed), Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain and the USA, Yale University Press/Bard Graduate Center, 2005.
Pat Kirkham's courses include:
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