European Modernism





This seminar will explore the architecture, design, and theories of modernism, from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, with emphasis on the critical period between the two world wars. Students will investigate the work of the historical avant-garde in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and the Soviet Union. Architecture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, typography, and film, and themes such as housing, the rhetoric of the machine, mass culture and advertising, exhibitions, antimodernism, and the New Woman, domesticity, and the body will be discussed. Readings will include both primary and secondary sources, with particular attention paid to the historiography of modernism. 3 credits.