Alice T. Friedman
American Glamour: Making the Mid-Century Modern Interior
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm
The Glass Corner, Parsons East Building
25 East 13th Street, room 206
Alice T. Friedman is the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art at Wellesley College; she has taught architectural history in the Department of Art at Wellesley since 1979. She received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College in 1972 with a major in history and literature of the Renaissance and Reformation, followed by a two-year period of study at the Warburg Institute in London, where she received an MPhil in combined historical studies (the Renaissance) in 1974. Her MA and PhD in art history are both from Harvard University (1975 and 1980), with a special focus on Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Her recent work has been concerned with the architecture of the twentieth century. The focus of her studies has always been on interdisciplinary history; she is particularly interested in cultural values and the social history of architecture, with an emphasis on issues of gender, ethnicity, and ideology. She is the author of House and Household in Elizabethan England: Wollaton Hall and the Willoughby Family (1989), and Women and the Making of the Modern House: A Social and Architectural History (1998). Her most recent book, American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, was published by Yale University Press in 2010.