Wolfsonian Museum. From Oct 24th, 2008 through May 17th, 2009. From the Twentieth Century Limited train and Chrysler’s Airflow automobile to the Zephyr digital clock, the aerodynamic style known as streamlining endowed many classic American products with a futuristic sheen – the glamour of speed.
American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow, organized by The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montreal and on view at The Wolfsonian – Florida International University October 24th, 2008 through May 17th, 2009, presents over 150 examples of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, plastics, graphic design, and archival design books. This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition to address the scope and impact of this style, whose modern expression of sleek speed lines and parabolic curves swept middle-class America in the 1930s and remains to this day a shorthand for glamour and the promise of the world of tomorrow.
American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, published by Flammarion, Paris. The catalogue provides a scholarly account of the history of streamlining from the 1930s to the present, chronicles the social and stylistic thoughts of the periods, and provides detailed analyses of all the artifacts featured in the exhibition. Available in English and French editions, the 280-page book features 400 illustrations with essays by David A. Hanks and Anne Hoy, adjunct associate professor, New York University.
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