Cross Disciplinary Course Tours Taliesin in Conjunction with Lautner Exhibit

In mid-October, 24 students toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home and school in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The trip was part of the course Modernism: Literature, Art and Architecture, that was inspired by the John Lautner: A Life in Architecture exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum. The class was initiated as a special topics course through the School of Art and Design and the Department of English. It was co-taught by Dr. Russell Prather (English) and Melissa Matuscak, DeVos Art Museum curator. At Taliesin (see photo), the students toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and Wright’s school where John Lautner studied in the 1930s. The students also visited Wright’s Johnson Wax building in Racine, Wisconsin and spent 2 days in Chicago touring architectural landmarks with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The DeVos Art Museum


Study Abroad Course in Italy Instructed by Professor Leuthold

A small group of Northern students spent part of their spring in Italy this past May as they learned about Renaissance art and architecture in five different Italian cities: Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice and Padua. The course, led by Dr. Steven Leuthold and organized with the assistance of NMU’s Office of International Programs, combined online instruction during the winter semester with two weeks of educational travel between the end of winter semester and the beginning of Summer Session I. Among the major sites were the Vatican Museum, St. Peters, the Uffizi Gallery, the Brancacci Chapel, Palazzo Medici, Palazzo Publico (town hall) in Siena and the jewel-like Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel in Padua, which is the home of the masterworks of Giotto. The photo shows students basking in the sunny ambience and feathered friendship of pigeons in Venice’s famed St. Marks Square. Students enjoyed meals together of pasta, pizza, and other Italian favorites during many of their evenings abroad and had plenty of time to sample gelato while exploring the wonderfully preserved cities during the later afternoon and evening hours.

Professor Leuthold will be offering another Faculty-led Study Abroad course next semester to Paris, France. See the link to International Programs below for details.

International Programs
History of World Art – Paris, France

Art History