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Lecture: Native Modernism—Chicago Architecture and Design before Mies and Moholy

November 4, 2014
Fullerton Hall; entry at Michigan Avenue only
$10 A&D Society and AIA members, $15 general public, free to students with valid ID

In Chicago in the interwar years, the mainstream of modernism was not, as many art and architectural histories would suggest, the European avant garde. Rather it was the kind of work produced by such architects as Holabird and Root and Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White in buildings like the Palmolive and the Merchandise Mart. In product design it was the work of such designers as John Morgan at Sears or Ivar Jepson at Sunbeam. In fact, with companies like these as well as Schwinn, International Harvester, Motorola, and Zenith, Chicago was clearly one of the world's most important purveyors of modern design between the two World Wars. Robert Bruegmann and Thomas Leslie present a revised view of Chicago's place in the history of modern architecture and design.

Architects will earn 1 LU.

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Robert Bruegmann is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a historian and critic of architecture, landscape, preservation, urban development, and the built environment.

Thomas Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University where he studies the integration of building sciences and arts both historically and in contemporary practice.

This event is co-sponsored by AIA Chicago.

The Architecture & Design Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago.

The Palmolive Building at night.