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Architecture June, 9 2010

“American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture” by Alice T. Friedman

Alice T. Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art and director of the McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College, tackles how architecture reflected cultural fascination with “glamour” in the Jet Age. With examples by Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson at hand, Friedman argues that modernism architecture followed the tastes of a new generation fed notions of refinement by popular and influenced new belief in the power of objects to convey social status. Her investigation of “glamour” breaks new ground through critical assessment of the buildings imbued with the values of the post-War West.

American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture is available through Yale University Press.

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