DR. MARIA ELENA BUSZEK
FINE4600/5600: The History of Modern Design: Industrial Revolution to the Present
Tivoli 139H (Community Theater)
This course will survey the history of design from the 19th century to the present. The course readings and lectures will address, and in course discussions, examinations students will be expected to understand the graphic design, typography, architecture, “decorative arts,” product design, and new media from each period/major design movement in that time frame.
Since the course deals as much with history as with art, students will also learn and be expected to understand the different historical events, media and philosophical theories that inform the work presented in the class, as well as relating how these “design” objects are inextricably connected to the “fine arts” of the period from which they come.
Writing & Research
Design history and present in the news
- Cooper-Hewitt design museum in NYC opens By the People: Designing a Better America
- Search the Harvard Art Museums’ extensive Bauhaus archive online!
- Papanek Foundation dedicated to furthering his legacy of socially-responsible design
- American Modernist preservation stories:
Take a tour of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Building,
and updates to the saga over the Rudolph demolition in Goshen, NY
- Architectural Review’s short film on the last days of the Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens and some history, proposals, and articles about the recent debates and
decisions concerning its current demolition
- Watch some of the Eames Office’s more famous films: Powers of Ten, IBM at the Fair
- Watch a British interview with Le Corbusier (as “a young man of 71”) and take a video tour of Villa Savoye
- Take a bicycle tour of the Torten Estate and
book a room at Kleinring 5 B&B for a stay in Dessau!
- Virtually tour the Bauhaus at the Bauhaus Archive’s website and
explore (even apply to STUDY AT) the Dessau Bauhaus Lab