Art Deco at Home and Abroad | Newberry

Art Deco at Home and Abroad

Led by Kathleen Skolnik. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Tuesdays, November 10 - December 8

6 - 7:30 pm

Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

Art Deco captured the attention of the world in the 1920s and ‘30s. A movement that defies definition, its manifestations range from soaring setback skyscrapers to simple streamlined factories, from modern interpretations of classic French cabinets to skyscraper-inspired bookcases, and from jewel-encrusted brooches to simple Bakelite bracelets. This seminar will explore the history of this international design movement and its impact on architecture, furniture, decorative objects, fashion, graphics, and industrial design in the U.S. and abroad.

Five sessions. Registration – $185

Kathleen Murphy Skolnik holds an MA in art history and teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière and has lectured and written extensively on Art Deco.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the brief selection of materials included in the registration confirmation email.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.