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The Jazz Age

27 October – 24 November 2016

At the end of the Great War, the Western World attempted to forget the recent past by launching into a hedonistic decade characterized by cocktails, dance crazes and the jazzy Art Deco style. For those who could not afford Haute Couture and luxury liners there was the glamorous escapist world created by the new Hollywood studios and their European counterparts. Another and quite different response to the war was what Jean Cocteau called “The Call to Order” – a desire to return to the timeless values of Classicism. This course will explore the arts and lifestyles of the fascinating and ultimately doomed period between the wars.

 

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