In this virtual talk based on her new book, scholar Kristina Wilson will examine the presence of modern design in Life and Ebony magazines in the 1950s. Through a deep dive into advertising images and editorial content, she will explore how modern design appeared in each magazine as well as discuss how codes of race, gender, and identity influenced — and were influenced by — modern design in these mass media landscapes.
Kristina Wilson is Professor of Art History at Clark University in Worcester. She is an award-winning author and curator who writes about design history, the history of museums, and American modernism. Her newest publication is Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design (Princeton University Press, April 2021).