• March 12, 2020, 3–5 p.m.

Packaging Environments: The Art and Design Program at the Container Corporation of America

Featuring: Robin Lynch

Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610

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 mid1930s 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.

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