Designing Modern Women: Shattering the Glass Ceiling (and Designing with Glass and Steel)

Marianne Eggler

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

This session accompanies the special exhibition Designing Modern Women, 1890–1900, which celebrates the accomplishments of female designers of the modern period whose work is often less known than their male counterparts. In the spirit of such groundbreaking studies as Isabelle Anscombe’s book A Woman's Touch: Women in Design from 1860 to the Present Day, Penny Sparke’s As Long as It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste and Pat Kirkham’s many publications, including A View from the Interior: Feminism, Women and Design and The Gendered Object, this exhibition expands the canon to include important but often overlooked women designers. In particular, this session considers the female designers' innovative use of new “masculine” machine-age materials, like tubular steel, glass, and plywood, for interior furnishings that were traditionally “soft” and “warm” and made with wood, fabric, and soft upholstery.

In conjunction with the exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890–1990

Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators that explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.

FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.