Modern Material Culture: Especially North American and European Decorative, Propaganda, and Fine Arts, 1885–1945
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University promotes the examination of modern material culture to enhance the understanding and appreciation of objects as agents and reflections of social, political, and technological change. The core of the Wolfsonian collection is North American and European decorative, propaganda, and fine arts of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, and works on paper. The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are the countries most comprehensively represented. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, the former Soviet Union and Hungary. The Wolfsonian library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items, as well as standard reference materials. Wolfsonian fellowships, offered annually, are granted on the basis of outstanding professional or academic accomplishment and are limited to those holding at least a master’s degree. Doctoral candidates are eligible to apply for dissertation research related to the Wolfsonian collection. Appointments are generally for three to five weeks. The application deadline is December 31 for residency during the following academic year.
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