Chicago Art and Architecture (Spring 2014)
Creativity and the Humanities
This class will explore Chicagos architectural and artistic history through presentations featuring projected visuals and video clips.
Called the “City of the Big Shoulders" by poet Carl Sandburg, Chicago has repeatedly reinvented itself, giving rise to iconic architectural forms such as the skyscraper, and residential styles ranging from the opulent mansions of the Gilded Age to the Prairie School homes of Frank Lloyd Wright and his followers.
Topics covered will include milestone Chicago events, such as the Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the 1933 Century of Progress, which helped to establish national trends and tastes in design. Students will discover how major events in the citys life, such as the Great Fire of 1871 and the labor unrest of the 1890s, are reflected in contemporary illustrations and popular visual culture; and observe how major forces in the citys economic life, such as railroads and department stores, shaped public perception through advertising and commercial design.
Students will be introduced to contemporary as well as historic works of art, with examples selected from the collections of Chicago’s major museums, as well as public art and parks. Whether you want to develop a broader understanding of the Windy City's lively artistic and architectural history to complement your next visit, or simply have an interest in learning more about this exciting urban environment, the rich visual tapestry of Chicago is sure to please.
What to Bring: Notebook; pen or pencil.
Please Register Before: Mar 21
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