Mid 20th Century Modernism's most flamboyant designers. Industrial and architectural drawings from post-war to post-moon landing.
ArchiTech Gallery has assembled design drawings from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s that mark the beginning of the most accelerated period in American consumerism.
"Future Perfect: Mid-Century Modern Design Drawings": The underlying premise of this small show of drawings, models and prototypes at Architech is that the streamlining characteristic of 1920s and 1930s design underwent a major change after World War II. And the point is well-taken. From 1946 to 1969, the earlier machine aesthetic yielded to impulses no less optimistic but more eccentric, pressing organic and biomorphic shapes into the service of a utopian vision.
The premise is illustrated by drawings from Chicagoans Henry Glass, Bertrand Goldberg and R.G. Martelet, though Glass contributes the lion's share. Here invention is matched by an equally unusual range of color and an often exclamatory treatment of the drawings themselves. These are not only sheets to be presented to clients; they're frequently also displays in which images and text are dynamically related to produce formally charged compositions.