The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.
The Wolfsonian has significant resources for the study of American culture and politics. The Wolfsonian’s holdings of material from American world’s fairs, including publications, ephemera and objects, is among the richest and broadest anywhere in the country. Both the Arts & Crafts movement and industrial design in the US are well-represented by objects and rare publications. The Wolfsonian, in addition, has many objects – including fine arts, ceramics, textiles, posters, prints, and mural studies for public buildings – produced under the auspices of New Deal agencies.
Other collection strengths include propaganda from the First and Second World Wars; publications relating to the physical culture movement in the US; rare books and journals about decorative arts, architecture, and city planning; graphic art and illustration from the American left; travel advertising, especially for railroads; trade catalogs; and several collections of architectural plans and renderings.
The Wolfsonian’s library has a large collection of publications relating to the physical culture movement in the United States. These include fitness and nudist magazines, advertisements for health resorts, and books about exercise, nutrition, and health. Besides material from the United States, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union and Hungary.
Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection.
The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2015-2016 academic year.
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