Stephen Harrison, deputy director at the MunsonWilliams-Proctor Arts Institute and former curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art, leads an exhilarating look at Art Deco design in 1920s America, using jazz as its unifying metaphor. This flourishing decade marked a rebirth of aesthetic innovation that was cultivated to a great extent by American talent and patronage. Harrison reveals how developments in design, art, architecture, and technology during the 1920s and early 30s placed new emphasis on the United States as a vital part of the emerging marketplace for Art Deco luxury goods and how transatlantic dialogue helped establish this new visual representation of modernity. Free with required reservation.
The program is co-sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society and the Design and Decorative Arts Council at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Image: Dress, 1928. Unidentified maker, probably American. Chiffon with rhinestones. Gift of Mrs. M.B. O’Connell.