Eric Anderson is an associate professor of art history at Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches courses on history of modern design. He is based presently in Vienna, undertaking research at the Sigmund Freud museum on the psychology of interiors and exhibitions, and teaching at the University of Applied Arts.
Eric Anderson gave two lectures in Greece:
April 4, 2017 at the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
April 5, 2017 at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens
Design In and Out of the Vitrine: Museums and Exhibitions in Nineteenth Century Vienna
Viennese design culture around 1870 was transformed by new modes of display. Focusing on the city’s pioneering Museum for Art and Industry and touching as well on concurrent fairs, parades, and other venues, this talk considers multiple exhibition strategies, from the systematic rigor of vitrines and taxonomies to the performative scenography of model interiors and other types of staged display. To fully understand the origins of the design museum, the talk argues, we must recognize an interplay between curators’ scientific reform strategies and consumers’ experiences of leisure, fantasy, and desire.
The lectures were organized by The Association of Greek Art Historians (EEIT) and the Fulbright Foundation in collaboration with the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens.