Upcoming Baker-Nord lecture to focus on ’50s architectural style

Alice FriedmanThe architectural style of the 1950s, made popular by fashion magazines and such fictional television families as the Nelsons and Cleavers, is the focus of the 2013 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities invites the campus community to hear guest speaker Alice T. Friedman, the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art at Wellesley College, present “American Glamour: Modern Architecture, Marketing, and Popular Culture in the 1950s”. The lecture will be Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in Allen Memorial Medical Library’s Ford Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Friedman’s research and teaching has focused on modern architecture and the history of design in America.  She is particularly interested in changes in architecture and style during the post-World War II years that gave rise to mass consumerism and suburbs.

She has written about the subject in Women and the Making of the Modern House: A Social and Architectural History and American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture.

For more information, contact Maggie Kaminski at the Baker-Nord Center at 216.368.2242 or email bakernord@case.edu.