Visual & Media Arts Faculty
Leslie Humm Cormier
Leslie Humm Cormier specializes in modern art, architecture, and urban design. Her writing and teaching reflect a critical history of 20th-21st century visual arts—from Bauhaus design, through International Style architecture, to the contemporary urban environment. An interest in cities has led Cormier to her research and architectural site visits in London, Paris, Barcelona, Sydney, Los Angeles, and New York.
Cormier is author of the book The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes through American History, Volume 3, The Early Modern Era 1901-1920, and she has published critical history and aesthetic theory in journal and encyclopedia articles, including Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture and The International Dictionary of Architects & Architecture.
She received her masters and doctoral degrees from Brown University, Department of History of Art and Architecture, as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow. Cormier also holds a professional degree in urban planning, and has been named De Montequin Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Cormier has created and now teaches a seminar on "Modern Architecture and Design"; previously, she lectured on the history of art and architecture at Radcliffe Seminars and Harvard University Extension School. Through her current research, Cormier is exploring global relationships in the visual arts, specifically, the aesthetic affinities of indigenous art forms with mid-century modern art and architecture.
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