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Online Class: 20th-Century Architecture

Art in Context / Online

Tuesdays, January 5–26, 1 – 2:30pm


Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo by Iwan Baan

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

This course surveys the major architectural monuments of the 20th century, exploring innovations in form and technology and delving into the philosophical underpinnings of the modernist aesthetic. Trace the impact of Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function” decree, and unpack the conceptual foundation of the “skin-and-bones” and “less-is-more” International Style tenets employed by Mies van der Rohe and other modernist giants. See how Frank Lloyd Wright moved modernism in an organic direction and how Robert Venturi interrogated it with his “less-is-a-bore” scholasticism. We conclude with a look into the most dazzling and profound architecture of our own time.



Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit institutions. He regularly leads sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.