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"American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age"
2001-05-26 until 2001-08-19
Orange County Museum of Art
Newport Beach, CA, USA United States of America

American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age , an exhibition tracing the rise of a distinctively American modern design aesthetic through the efforts of approximately 50 of its creative pioneers, will be on view at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, from May 26 through August 19, 2001. This exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Federation of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Patrons of the AFA. The OCMA presentation is made possible in part by Lincoln.

American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age , an exhibition tracing the rise of a distinctively American modern design aesthetic through the efforts of approximately 50 of its creative pioneers, will be on view at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, from May 26 through August 19, 2001. This exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Federation of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Patrons of the AFA. The OCMA presentation is made possible in part by Lincoln.

Drawn from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and from the John C. Waddell Collection (a major promised gift to the Metropolitan) this landmark exhibition features more than 140 objects-including furniture, clocks, appliances, posters, textiles, radios, tableware, and even a bathroom sink - by such leading designers as Norman Bel Geddes, Donald Deskey, Paul Frankl, Raymond Loewy, Isamu Noguchi, Eliel Saarinen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Walter von Nessen, and Russel Wright.

Installed chronologically and thematically, American Modern reveals how these and other key innovators of the period, while at first dependent on contemporary modernist design movements in France, Germany, and Scandinavia, ultimately forged a style that was at once modern and unmistakably American.

The Metropolitan Museum has collected and exhibited the works of American designers for more than a century, amassing an extraordinary collection, said J. Stewart Johnson, Consultant for Design and Architecture in the Metropolitan's Department of Modern Art and American Federation of the Art's guest curator of the exhibition. The inclusion of more than 100 pieces from the magnificent John C. Waddell Collection adds immeasurably to American Modern in terms of documenting the development of a uniquely American design aesthetic between the world wars

IMAGE:
Lurelle Guild (American, 1898-1985)
Electrolux Model 30 Vacuum Cleaner, 1937+
Manufacturer: Electrolux Corporation, (Dover, DE.)
Chrome-plated steel, aluminum, vinyl, rubber
8-1/2 x 23 x 7-3/4 inches
Collection of John C. Waddell


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