STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
Chicago

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Exhibition Detail
Mid-Century: Good Design in Europe and America, 1850–1950
Curated by: Richard A. Born
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


July 8th, 2010 - September 5th, 2010
 
,
© Courtesy of Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
South Side
EMAIL:  
smart-museum@uchicago.edu
PHONE:  
773-702-0200
OPEN HOURS:  
Tues, Wed, Fri: 10am-5pm; Thurs: 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
> DESCRIPTION

Between 1850 and 1950, progressive artists, designers, and architects decisively reshaped the everyday world of objects. Advocating for design reform—and by extension, social reform—they promoted a host of competing ideologies that embraced aesthetic revolution and technical innovation. This exhibition examines the complex, ever-shifting course of modern design theory and its application in Europe and the United States. Mounted entirely from the Smart Museum’s collection, the exhibition offers close readings of masterworks such as Edmond Johnson’s facsimiles of medieval treasures made for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, furniture and leaded windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the historic Robie House, and Marianne Brandt’s rare modernist silver tea service, which was fabricated by hand in the metal workshop of the famed Bauhaus. Together, these and other works in a variety of media give insight into the interweaving history and iconic forms that defined the domestic world of modernism during the fertile one-hundred-year period between the mid centuries.


Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.