Modernism: Pushing Boundaries 1900-1955

Ref: C2345394

The Oxford Dictionary describes Modernism as a ‘style or movement in the arts that aims to depart significantly from classical and traditional forms’. This international and interdisciplinary course will look at those who brought about change with an innovative approach to design and materials, primarily in architecture and the arts, but also touching on literature and music. Some names may be familiar: Frank Lloyd Wright, Picasso, T S Eliot and Shostakovich will feature, but there will, I hope, be quite a few surprises. The course is based on a PowerPoint presentation, but discussion will be encouraged, and your contributions always welcome!

Course aim

A brief introduction to a wide-ranging subject with its heyday in the 1930s, but which relied on technologies developed in the later 19th century and a greater freedom of expression which gradually emerged out before and after WW1.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define modernism: how ‘the departure from classical and traditional forms’ might be shown in art or architecture
  • Identify the major development / building material which enabled modernist architecture
  • Identify at least one pioneering group of modernist artists (an -ism perhaps?)
  • Explain the significance as teacher, impresario, architect or artist, of one modernist
  • Define modernism: how ‘the departure from classical and traditional forms’ might be shown in art or architecture Identify the major development / building material which enabled modernist architecture Identify at least one pioneering group of modernist artists (an -ism perhaps?) Explain the significance as teacher, impresario, architect or artist, of one modernist Give an example of the way writers, poets, or composers, might demonstrate modernism in their work

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No particular knowledge is required, nor do you need to bring anything with you. Handouts will be provided which give a weekly summary of the course - and will help to fill the gap should you have to miss a week.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Modernism: Pushing Boundaries 1900-1955

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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