Terra Foundation-supported Events

Seminar: “Off the Rails: Chicago’s Decline as a Center of Manufacturing and Design in the Era of Transportation Deregulation” by Carma Gorman

Carma Gorman, Professor of Art and Art History and the University of Texas at Austin, will argue that deregulation of US transportation industries in the late 1970s and 1980s was a crucial turning point in which the manufacturing and design industries dwindled in Chicago and across the Rust Belt. Bess Williamson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate the discussion.

This interdisciplinary scholarly seminar is part of the on-going academic program Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990, which will run from fall 2017 through fall 2018. This series offers a forum for scholars to gather, share works-in-progress, and discuss new scholarship that explores Chicago’s contributions to design history. The series is presented by the Newberry Library’s Center for American History and Culture as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit: https://newberry.org/10192017-carma-gorman-university-texas-austin