Known for funding and supporting the New Bauhaus in Chicago, the Container Corporation of America (CCA) had its own extensive art and design programs. In this presentation, Robin Lynch (PhD Candidate in Art History at McGill University) explores the CCA’s first poster program, led by designer Egbert Jacobson during the mid–1930s to the early 1940s. By tracking themes such as natural resources, weather, and resilience which appear across posters, Lynch situates these environmental themes in relation to the beginnings of the CCA’s box industry and how design has historically served as a medium through which to construct and communicate space.
This program is part of Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890–1990 at the Newberry Library, a scholarly seminar series exploring Chicago’s rich design legacy by focusing on the many ways that designers responded to the city’s shifting trends in manufacturing and corporate culture, and presented as part of Art Design Chicago. To RSVP, visit https://www.newberry.org/03122020-robin-lynch-mcgill-university