The Arts & the Art of Dressing:
The Roaring 20s roared with style. Style and behavior suggested everyone was playing catch-up after years of war and Victorian and Edwardian restrictions. Speed and simplicity typified popular culture and infiltrated the arts. Fashion, architecture, fine arts, and the decorative arts of this first modern decade were inextricably linked. Clean, simple lines predominated, offering a foundation for dynamic color combinations and lavish decoration.
Discover what and who were the influences on architecture, art, and fashion and see examples of 1920’s fashion through Annette’s collection of dresses, hats, and jewelry, which inspired the development of this program.
The Carnegie Library in Illinois:
Treasures on the Landscape
Hundreds of library buildings were built across the U.S. through the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie. Illinois ranks third in the total number of libraries built with a Carnegie grant, and Annette Baldwin traveled the State to record this rich cultural history. She found the extant buildings in various states of preservation, expansion and adaptive reuse.
Discover the history, architecture and presence of the Carnegie Library in the Illinois community today.
The Incomparable Julia Morgan, Architect:
A Life of Creating Beauty
This Visual Journey focuses on the life and work of California architect Julia Morgan, the first woman admitted to the architecture department at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. While Morgan produced 700 buildings in her 50-year career, more than any other major architect including Frank Lloyd Wright, she is best known as architect of the opulent William Randolph Hearst “Castle” at San Simeon, California. Get acquainted with the largest collection of Morgan structures at one site – Asilomar, as well as her homes, churches, schools, and Hearst’s San Simeon and Wyntoon.
Julia Morgan, Architect & William Randolph Hearst, Client
Two books are used as the basis for this discussion of the collaboration between architect Julia Morgan and her major client, William Randolph Hearst. It is a story of two talented people who shared a love of architecture and art, teaming up to create one of the world’s most elaborate and on-going architectural projects, La Cuesta Incantada (Hearst’s Castle) at San Simeon, California. Background on Morgan and on Hearst sets the scene, and audiences will also be introduced to a few of the first women in architecture. .
Home or Museum?
Those who visit “Hearst’s Castle” in San Simeon,California, generally leave with a strong opinion on whether the estate can actually be considered a home. Many see it as too lavish, outrageous, incongruous with the landscape to be anything more than a display of over-expenditure by an undisciplined collector. What was Hearst’s intent? How did the estate’s architect, Julia Morgan, work with Hearst and his massive collection to integrate into the building plan a plethora of art and architectural fragments from a wide variety of periods and styles. Hearst adored his country house. Could you live there? Was it built as a country home or a museum for the future?
Architect Mary Jane Colter & Travel in the American Southwest
An important figure in the history of early travel to the American Southwest is Mary Jane Colter, an architect and designer, who worked simultaneously for the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad. Colter pioneered in the design and decoration of railway stations, hotels, shops and restaurants that popped up along the Santa Fe route to the West. Many travelers to the Grand Canyon are unaware that among Colter’s buildings there are the Watchtower, Hopi House, and Hermit’s Rest.
Cryptography from Caesar to the Civil War
Cryptography or cryptology is the science of taking a message that can be read and converting it into a message that appears to have no meaning. Elizabeth Van Lew, one of the most effective espionage agents of the American Civil War communicated with Union Generals Benjamin Butler and Ulysses S. Grant by using a cipher system based on an ancient grid.
This is an interactive program where the audience will travel into the seemingly mysterious world of cryptography, becoming acquainted with some of the earliest systems, including methods employed by the Union and the Confederacy. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your skills at deciphering messages.