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Naked Homes: Nudist Architecture and Rethinking Domestic Space

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 7–8pm
Location: Zoom

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In the late 1950s, nudists in suburban Florida began designing inexpensive family homes that borrowed elements of high-end architecture to accommodate their practice of naked living, indoors and out. Historian Sarah Schrank's talk will lead us through the evolution of nudist homes, from this mid-century vernacular modernism to domestic spaces designed for 1970s swingers. Tune in and learn about a previously hidden dimension of residential architecture and see the connections between a subculture's creative adaptations—from indoor patios with sunroofs to hot tubs—and wide-sweeping changes in American domestic space.

Presented as part of The Wolfsonian's Mark Mamolen program series on American homes, investigating how the design of living space powerfully expresses individual personality and social values.

Watch the recorded talk online.