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Midcentury Design: A Closer Look at the Denver Art Museum
August 10, 2019
In this session, by tracing a history of playful art and whimsical design, David Thomas from the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning argues for the prevalence, and importance of play in our creative institutions.
In this session, by tracing a history of playful art and whimsical design, David Thomas from the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning argues for the prevalence, and importance of play in our creative institutions and industries.
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.
Presented by David Thomas.
Additional course sessions include:
• Moderns before Midcentury (June 15, 2:30-4 pm)
• Playful Seriousness (July 13, 2:30-4 pm)
$60 DAM members/$70 nonmembers for all three sessions; $22 DAM members/$25 nonmembers for single sessions.
Tickets are now on sale for members, and will be available to nonmembers April 8, for the full course or individual sessions.
Image: Herbert Bayer’s Kaleidoscreen installed in Aspen, Colorado, about 1957. Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive, Denver Art Museum. Photograph courtesy Denver Art Museum.