Nov 29th 2018

Home of familiar beacons of the skyline like the Board of Trade and Palmolive Buildings, as well as companies making iconic products like the Sunbeam toaster and Schwinn bicycle, Chicago was a national and international leader in the design that came to be known as Art Deco.

In this Meet the Author event, Robert Bruegmann, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss his new book Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Meant as a companion volume to the Chicago History Museum’s exhibition Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America, Dr Bruegmann’s book includes 5 essays by distinguished scholars offering new interpretations of twentieth-century modernism and the Art Deco Era, as well as 101 iconic Art Deco designs with scholarly commentary, and 300 images, including vintage illustrations and historic and commissioned photographs.

In addition to editing this new volume, Dr. Bruegmann has written numerous other books and articles, including the award-winning The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918; the controversial Sprawl: A Compact History; and, most recently, The Architecture of Harry Weese. He is also a frequent lecturer, contributor to magazines and blogs, and guest on radio and television shows.

After his talk, Dr. Bruegmann will sign copies of his book, which will also be available for purchase.

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