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"American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age"
2000-05-16 until 2001-01-07
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Between 1925 and 1940, a pioneer group of industrial designers emerged in this
country who decisively altered the shape and character of the everyday things with
which we live. They created objects that reflected the dynamism of the 20th century,
trying their hand at everything from streamlined locomotives and SKYSCRAPER
furniture to cocktail shakers and kitchen appliances.
On display are approximately 150
objects—furniture, clocks, appliances, lamps, textiles, posters, and more from the
Museum's collection and the John C. Waddell Collection, a major promised gift to the
Metropolitan—created by the first generation of American industrial designers including
Norman Bel Geddes, Donald Deskey, Henry Dreyfuss, Paul Frankl, Raymond Loewy, Eliel
Saarinen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Walter von Nessen, Russel Wright, and others.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American
Federation of Arts. Support has been provided by the William Randolph Hearst
Foundation and the National Patrons of the AFA.