The Spanish Art Nouveau Style of Antoni Gaudi

Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

The Spanish Art Nouveau Style of Antoni Gaudi

Often described as either a genius or a lunatic, the visionary works of Antoni Gaudí have left an unmistakable imprint upon the architecture of Barcelona. His flamboyant designs executed during the Spanish Art Nouveau period of Modernisme came to characterize a city and its people through his use of brightly colored tiles and tactile materials, religious metaphors, and structural innovations in his architecture. This lecture will explore the exuberant inventiveness of Gaudí’s work in architectural and interior design, in the context of the urban and social forces that shaped Barcelona during the turn of the century. 

Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She lectures worldwide on art and architectural history, and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world.  She has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York.  She has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

Registration is required. Each independent, 2-hour lecture is $10.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. All two-hour lectures in the FABulous Summer Lecture Series are open to all ages.


Register by July 18 by 3 p.m.

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