Faculty Gallery Talk: Partners in Design

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
Chandler Gallery

The Davis Museum would like to welcome Professors Patricia Berman and Alice Friedman for a discussion on modern art, architecture and design on video in the special exhibition, Partners in Design.

Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College, is an Art Historian specializing in the art and visual culture of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. She is interested in national identity formation and issues of gender and sexuality. Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art at Wellesley College, specializes on modern architecture and the history of design in the United States. She is interested in building an interdisciplinary, feminist approach to architecture and the history of design in the United States.

Partners in Design is an exhibition that chronicles the collaboration between Alfred Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, two leading advocates of the Bauhaus movement and ambassadors of Modernism in North America, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at the Bauhaus in Dessau to Barr and Johnson’s experiments in their homes in the 1930s and beyond. The exhibition includes more than 1000 objects including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design pieces. Johnson and Barr’s merging of architecture with fine and applied arts and their proposition of a radial new aesthetic that was rational, functional, machine-made, and ahistorical.