Eleanor Schrader is a design, architecture and art historian and expert who has a large and loyal following for her lectures, classes & worldwide tours. And this summer her illustrated design lecture series will continue at SMC Community Ed with a topic that is somewhat new to her audiences: “Treasures of Asian Decorative Arts.” This is scheduled for July 14.

Typically, she lectures and leads tours on European and American design, but the twist on this lecture is that she wants to show cross-cultural influences.

“I’m particularly interested in highlighting Asian influences on Western culture,” Schrader says. “In the 1660s, Chinese emissaries came to Louis XIV’s court, and the French fell in love with Asian art and design. They’d never seen anything like it.”

Even after World War II, she said, the West has been fascinated with Asian design and art. For example, she said, Western culture tended to flesh out the female body, but Asians depicted the human figure in a flat way. Westerners were also intrigued by Asians’ use of lacquer.

Eleanor will explore the rich aesthetics of Asian design within the cultural histories in which they were created. She says her audience will find out about the decorative arts of China, Japan, India, and Korea, and the richness and variety of materials and techniques used by the artists and craftspeople.

Schrader has been giving design lectures at SMC Community Ed for two years, and for five years before that at SMC.

She is an award-winning educator, lecturer, writer, and historical design consultant. She lectures worldwide on the history of furniture, decorative arts, architecture, and interiors and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world.

She has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at SMC.

Her design tours, most recently through Meetup.com, have gone to such destinations as the Stahl House, Guasti Villa, and the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena.

Eleanor Schrader with tour group at the Queen Mary in Long Beach

She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute in London and New York and has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills. She hosted a radio show on Voice America Internet radio called “Dishing the Dirt on Design.” She has served on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Historical Society, Beverly Hills Heritage, the Malibu Adamson House Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House Foundation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

Eleanor Schrader will present the lecture “Treasures of Asian Decorative Arts” on July 14.

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