Architea (virtual) – Anything He Can Do She Can Do Better: The Women Designers of Mid-Century Modernism
Sunday January 10, 2021
2 – 3:30pm (central time)
$20 per participant
You may have noticed the label “Mid-Century Modern” stuck on even the most unlovable yard sale junk. Mid-Century Modern Design, however, is a distinct post-war style with firm roots in the Bauhaus concept of total design and its use of modern materials and simple forms to reflect an urbane, sophisticated lifestyle. In this fun virtual presentation, we’ll discuss how women designers, often working behind the scenes of their more famous male counterparts, helped to revolutionize American tastes and the American domestic interior. Bring your favorite lamp, snuggle up in your favorite fake Eames chair, or get your beehive on like its 1955. All ages, genders and levels of seriousness welcome.
This virtual tea party begins with a virtual tour of Edith Farnsworth’s Country House by exhibit consultant and interior architect, Robert Kleinschmidt and the program presented by Stacy Hand, Art History Ph.D.
Stacy Hand holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. Her areas of expertise include German avant-garde art, design, and film from Art Nouveau through the Bauhaus. After teaching for 10 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she now works as a contract writer for architectural clients, while researching a monograph about European Brick Expressionism. Presently, she also functions as an unpaid digital learning proctor for three very rowdy school-age boys.
Robert Kleinschmidt is founding design principal of RDK Design in Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Prior to forming his own firm, he was design principal for Powell/Kleinschmidt, also in Chicago. Powell/Kleinschmidt was a celebrated interior architecture firm from the late 1970s-late 2000s. After closing the firm in 2009, Kleinschmidt formed RDK Design which continues a highly-refined interpretation of the core principles of Modernism. Recent projects include furniture installations in the Robert McCormick House (also a MVDR residential design) at Elmhurst Art Museum, reflecting the interior design tastes of multiple former residents. Most recently, RDK Design served as interior furnishings consultant for “Edith Farnsworth’s Country House,” the two-year refurnishing of the Farnsworth House to reflect its ca. 1951 – 59 appearance.