Art History Class: Ideas And Icons Of American Industrial Design, 1925 1975

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Art History Class: Ideas And Icons Of American Industrial Design, 1925 1975
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**This class takes place over 4 Wednesdays: February 10 through March 2, 2016.**

The major exhibition "Silver to Steel: the Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk" (through April 2016) follows the life and career of one of America’s top industrial designers, who spent three incredible decades in Pittsburgh. Using Muller-Munk’s story as a departure point, this class will explore the rise and evolution of industrial design as a distinctly American profession that married art, engineering, and social science. Each week will focus on different designers and moments in the history of design. Learn how pioneers like Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, and Walter Dorwin Teague, forged a new profession that married art and industry.

See the designers who envisioned fashionable skyscraper-styled, streamlined, or biomorphic products for American homes including Paul T. Frankl, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll. Learn about the rise of ergonomics and user centered design via idealists like Henry Dreyfuss and Peter Muller -Munk. Then continue the Muller-Munk story with a look at industrial designers who not only improved consumer products but also applied design thinking to tackling society’s systemic problems including corporate identity programs, mass transit systems, and city signage.

About the instructor:
Rachel Delphia is the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art. She is co-curator with Jewel Stern of Silver to Steel: the Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk. She studied industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University and has taught university courses in design history and exhibition design.
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By: Carnegie Museum of Art

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