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Marxism, Abstraction, Ideology, and Vkhutemas: The Design Laboratory Reassessed, 1935-1940

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dc.contributor.author Drumming, Mandy Lynn
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-24T17:16:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-24T17:16:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Drumming, Mandy Lynn. Marxism, Abstraction, Ideology, and Vkhutemas: The Design Laboratory Reassessed, 1935-1940. 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/18623
dc.description Marxism, Abstraction, Ideology, and Vkhutemas: The Design Laboratory Reassessed, 1935-1940 by Mandy Lynn Drumming, 2011. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts The Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Are + Design en_US
dc.description.abstract The Design Laboratory (1935-1940), a New York industrial design school supported by American industrialists and the state, embodied a utopian desire to merge the aspirations of the Machine Age with the social policies of the Depression Era. With a faculty and advisory board including some of the most significant names in the arts, namely Gilbert Rohde, the school’s director, and Meyer Schapiro, an influential Marxist art historian, the Design Laboratory sought to educate a semi-skilled labor force for careers in industrial design. Traditionally the Design Laboratory is thought of as being inspired by the Bauhaus and Walter Gropius’ model of education. In a reassessment of the Design Laboratory’s context, political leanings, pedagogy, and industrial art, the school indeed supported Marxism, abstraction, and rhetoric and is therefore compared to the art and design school founded in Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution known as the Vkhutemas (1920-1930). Linking the Design Laboratory to the Soviet model more so than the Gropius one of utopian socialism reveals fundamental changes in American design and education during the late 1930’s and successive generations. en_US
dc.publisher Corcoran College of Art and Design, Department of History of Decorative Arts en_US
dc.subject Design laboratory en_US
dc.subject Federal Art Project en_US
dc.subject Abstract art en_US
dc.subject New York en_US
dc.subject Rohde, Gilbert en_US
dc.subject Russian Avant-Garde en_US
dc.subject Marxism en_US
dc.subject VKhUTEIN (Art School) en_US
dc.title Marxism, Abstraction, Ideology, and Vkhutemas: The Design Laboratory Reassessed, 1935-1940 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.identifier.srbnumber 112134


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