This course will explore the diverse and exciting range of objects created between approximately 1940 and 1965, and will appeal to collectors, interior designers, dealers, and design enthusiasts. Lectures will examine this period thematically and contextually, and are balanced by innovative case studies of key designers and their work, such as Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Prouvé, Piero Fornasetti, Tapio Wirkkala and Lucienne Day. We will also consider the contemporary market for Mid-Century Modern design as an important aspect of the course.
Students will learn to:
Recognize the ideas and characteristics of design between c.1940 and 1965, distinguishing the aesthetics, materials, and practice of European and American designers.
Understand the function and significance of post-war design relative to the wider economic, cultural, and political background of the period c.1940 to 1965.
Our live online courses are designed to enrich and deepen your understanding of a specific art world subject in an accelerated and dynamic format. The courses are ideal for undergraduates, career changers, art professionals, and art lovers seeking to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific knowledge/skills.
Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion. Course materials and lecture recordings can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Sotheby’s Institute’s learning platform – Canvas. Canvas is an intuitive, self-contained environment that requires no additional software.
Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn.
Elisabeth Bogdan (Faculty & Subject Leader: History of Design, Decorative Art and Design) has been a lecturer in decorative art and design history at the Institute since 2003. She has taught in the visual arts and on art world education since 1992 at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, previously at Southampton Solent University, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Her specialist teaching includes eighteenth to twentieth century European and American design, decorative art and architectural history. Additional to leading the Decorative Art and Design semester course, she teaches on the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design and on summer short courses. She has published in the decorative arts, particularly for the Decorative Arts Society, the Design History Society and Phaidon Press. She is a contributor to courses at the V&A, is a former Trustee of the Design History Society and is a decorative art and design consultant for a Canadian valuation firm. Elisabeth Darby (Consultant Lecturer, MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design). Darby's research and teaching focuses on 19th, 20th and 21st century decorative arts, design and craft, with particular emphasis on furniture. She developed and was Program Director of the MA in Contemporary Design at Sotheby's Institute in London from 2008 to 2016 and now teaches on the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design, for various semester courses and public programs, and also runs the MA elective Contemporary Design and its Markets. Lis is Visiting Researcher and PhD supervisor at Central St. Martins (University of the Arts London) and lectures regularly at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has contributed to various publications and journals on both sculpture and the decorative arts; her book Re-Issue, Re-Imagine, Re-Make: Appropriation in Contemporary Furniture Design was published by Lund Humphries in 2020.
This course is listed under the Intensive Course option in the online application. Online Intensive Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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