Between 1850 and 1950\, progressive artists\, designers\, an d 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 innov ation. This exhibition examines the complex\, ever-shifting course of moder n design theory and its application in Europe and the United States. Mounte d entirely from the Smart Museum’s collection\, the exhibition offers close readings of masterworks such as Edmond Johnson’s facsimiles of medieval tr easures made for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago\, furniture and leaded wi ndows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the historic Robie House\, and Mar ianne 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 ferti le one-hundred-year period between the mid centuries.

LOCATION:Smart Museum of Art\, University of Chicago\,5550 S. Greenwood Ave nue \nChicago\, IL 60637 SUMMARY:Mid-Century: Good Design in Europe and America\, 1850–1950\, Marian ne Brandt\, Edmond Johnson\, Frank Lloyd Wright END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR