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Mid-Century Modern Design


Mid-Century Modern Design

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. This course will conclude with a short project for students to apply their knowledge.

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  • Date
    June 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
  • Time
    1 p.m. EST /
    6 p.m. GMT
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
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  • Topics
    • Art History,
    • Design
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  • Contact Admissions 646-473-2464


Elisabeth Bogdan

Faculty & Subject Leader: History of Design, Decorative Art and Design, London

Elisabeth Bogdan 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.

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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.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and QandA. All live sessions are also recorded and available in the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • 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.
    • Engage with the market for post war design
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 3.2 IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.