Online course

Art, Design and Society: 1900 - Now

Friday 5 November 2021 - Friday 10 December 2021

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Marked by rapid social, political, and technological change, 1900 and beyond was a rich and diverse time for the arts. This course highlights the most influential movements and individuals engaged with the decorative arts and design during this complex and fascinating period.

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Christine Lalumia

Course Leader Christine Lalumia

Christine Lalumia is an art and design historian with a particular interest cultural context and the interplay between the fine and decorative arts from the late 19th century onwards. A course leader at the V&A and a consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she was Deputy Director of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London for 21 years.

Enjoyed the online experience very much! I really liked the recorded lectures, so if I had to leave early I could catch up, and re watch lectures if I needed to update my notes. Previous online course student

Course Overview

Despite the undeniable and enduring influence of the international Modernism of the 1920s and 30s, the 20th-century was marked by a great plurality of styles: some infused with social meaning, others purely visual in nature, many utilizing new production techniques and using materials in unexpected ways. A dynamic tension between functional design and the unashamedly decorative persisted throughout the previous century and continues today. Social history will underpin our examination of seminal objects and styles, including Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Modernism, and the continuing influence of Japanese design.

The museum’s new gallery, Design: 1900–Now, features over a century of works from the V&A’s world-leading collection of modern and contemporary design. This course has been devised to complement the gallery, which explores the history of design and its impact on how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume as well as providing a new home for the museum’s celebrated Rapid Response Collection.


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Online course: Art, Design and Society: 1900 - Now

5 November 2021 - 10 December 2021


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