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Fall Lecture Series


Lecturer Richard Macias has always been fascinated by how architectural style has been influenced by politics, exploration, dissent, technology and the many factors that have contributed to its evolution. For the past eight years he has lectured on the Modern History of Architecture in the Art & Art History department, School of Humanities and Fine Arts, CSU, Chico. Prior to his move to Chico in 2006 he worked in San Francisco, focusing on the design of colleges and universities. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design.

To begin the museum's Lecture Series, monca will offer an eight-week class on the Modern History of Architecture, 1860 to Present. Starting Monday, September 25th and for eight successive Mondays the sessions will begin at 6:30 pm for a maximum of 25 people. The class will include an hour lecture followed by an informal discussion. Class notes will be provided for each session.

Day and time of lecture: Mondays at 6:30 pm for eight weeks

Fee: $60 (10% discount for members). All proceeds will go to the museum. Deadline for sign-up is Monday September 18.  

Payment by check, which may be mailed or dropped off at 900 Esplanade 

or pay by credit card at the museum (900 Esplanade, Chico) Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.


Survey of the events, the individuals and the buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through to the 21st century. Topic discussed will include the influence of styles and movements in both architecture and related art, and how evolution and discontent dominated the building arts over the past 150-plus years.

Why do styles change and what prompts successor movements? How did the world wars influence the art of building? What are the "isms" of architecture (futurism, expressionism, etc.)? How do you recognize the representatives of any given style? All this will be covered during the eight-week period. The presentations will be highly graphic showing key examples that represent the styles and movements presented.

Informal discussion will follow for those who wish to remain. And, best of all, there will be no papers to write and no test to take!


The European Influence - 1860 to 1938

Week 1 -Introduction - Influence of the Industrial Revolution.The Rise of Arts and Crafts andthe emergence of Art Nouveau

Week 2 - The Vienna Secession (Wiener Werkstätte), Classical Rationalism (Deutscher Werkbund))

Week 3 - Italian Futurism Architectural Expressionism, and the De Stijl movement

Week 4 - The work of Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier),Art Deco, Eileen Gray and the Rise of Modernism and the story of the Bauhaus

The American Search for Architectural Identity - 1893 to Today

Week 5 - The Columbian Exposition, theemergence of the Chicago School andThe work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Week 6 - 20th Century influences on Design.Post War Modernism and the International Style

Week 7 -Cranbrook Academy of Art, Charles & Ray Eames, The work ofLouis Kahn

Week 8 - Post Modernism and the New Modernists - From Frank Gehry to Jane Gang

Earlier Event: September 21
Jazz at the Museum
Later Event: October 7
Coming Out for Art