Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990

Academic Programs

  • Newberry Library

September 2017–October 2018

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The Newberry Library presents the interdisciplinary scholarly seminar Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990 which will run from fall 2017 through fall 2018. This academic program offers a forum for scholars to gather, share works-in-progress, and discuss new scholarship that explores Chicago's contributions to design history. A steering committee will invite scholars whose work analyzes Chicago’s role as a design capital and explores intersections among visual, material, cultural, and economic developments. The program is open to academics, graduate students, curators, artists, and the design community, with the main goal of convening participants that bring local expertise and a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Visit the Newberry Library’s website for a full seminar schedule.

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