Domesticity, Privacy, Transparency, Performance

This seminar explores 20th and 21st-century notions of domesticity in the U.S, and Europe through the lens of cultural politics, gender and sexuality. Through a close analysis of key modern and vernacular houses designed for women heads of households and “queer” clients, we will consider the significance of typology and convention, as well as issues of transparency, opacity, privacy, surveillance and performance. Architects include Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Le Corbusier, Luis Barragan, Eleanor Raymond, Michael Maltzan, and David Adjaye.