Devon Dikeou during her 2018 Logan Lecture in the Sharp Auditorium

Courses

Explore exhibition and collection themes, artists, and artworks in greater depth. Spark your knowledge and discover more in the works on view.

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Midcentury Design: A Closer Look

Whether you are a midcentury design buff or just discovering this dynamic era and style, join us in a three-session summer course for a deeper look at Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Learn more about the social, cultural, and political context of midcentury America, ponder the ways in which “fun” informs the design aesthetic of this period, and get playful with an exploration of iconic midcentury chairs.


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  • Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Bauhaus game from the 1920s.
    Event: Public Programs

    Midcentury Design: A Closer Look

    Session 1: Moderns before Midcentury
    Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

    In session one of a three-part course, learn about key figures and concepts in design history that led to the work on display in DAM's Serious Play exhibition. More

  • Ray Eames with the first prototype of The Toy, 1950
    Event: Public Programs

    Midcentury Design: A Closer Look - three-part series

    Beginning on June 15, 2019 2:00pm–4:30pm this will occur on the second Saturday of July and August through 2019.

    Whether you are a midcentury design buff or just discovering this dynamic era and style, join us in a three-session summer course for a deeper look at Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America.

    Learn more about the social, cultural, and political context of midcentury America, ponder the ways in which “fun” informs the design aesthetic of this period, and get playful with an exploration of iconic midcentury chairs. More

  • Little girl standing against wall next to a man hunkered next to her
    Event: Public Programs

    Midcentury Design: A Closer Look

    Session 2: Playful Seriousness
    Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

    In session two of a three-part course, learn about "growing up Eames" and get a firsthand glimpse at the principles of Eamesian design through the eyes of Carla Atwood Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames. More

  • Image of Herbert Bayer's multi-colored Kaleidoscreen installed in Aspen, CO, about 1957.
    Event: Public Programs

    Midcentury Design: A Closer Look

    Session 3: Fun, Taste & IKEA
    Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 2:30pm4:00pm.

    In the final session of this three-part course, explore an “aesthetics of fun” while tracing the history of playful art and whimsical design. More