UC Irvine Extension offers new course in modern art, architecture, focusing on Los Angeles influenc

IRVINE, Calif. – The University of California, Irvine Extension is offering a unique class for modern art and architecture enthusiasts and experts to learn more about the influences of the current critical era of American art as exhibited in the greater Los Angeles area. The class, titled “What is Modern: Art & Design of the 20th Century,” will be held both at the UCI Learning Center in Orange, Calif. and in the field; allowing students to study, witness and explore many examples of modern art and architecture, including the renowned Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The class will be held November 10 and 11.

“Modern art and architecture have strong roots in Los Angeles, which is considered the birthplace of modern design for the West Coast,” explains American Society of Appraisers’ Holly Mitchem, who will be instructing the course with other ASA-certified instructors Sheryl Gillett and Stephen Caudana. “Some of the world’s most esteemed modern art collectors house their collections here, many of the most respected dealers use Los Angeles as their base of operations, and the architecture of the city itself provides us with stunning examples of the unique period of art production that followed World War II.”

In the classroom, students will learn about the principles of modern art and design and will then move into the field as a way to hone and practice their skills. Students will be able to discern the similarities and differences between major modern movements in architecture and decorative arts, and will learn how late 19th century movements such as Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts were the precursors to the development of 20th century modern movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, International Style and mid-century Modern.

“Modern art and all of its influences are an area of study that continues to draw students and enthusiasts from across the country and, in some instances, across the globe,” Kirwan Rockefeller, director of UC Irvine Extension’s Arts & Humanities Program, said. “We are thrilled to offer this program and are confident that it will provide students of varying levels of familiarity with the modern movement with a unique perspective on an important and prolific period of art and design.”

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