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Art Deco

May 01 – June 09, 1973

Maurice Dufrene, manner of
Desk and Chair, German marble clock
Paul Bonet (French) | Marcel Bouraine (French) | Edgar Brandt (French) | Marianne Brandt (German) | Elton Breckenridge (American) | Rene Buthaud (French) | Charles Catteau (Belgian) | Gaetano Cecere, Medallic Art Co. (American ) | Dimitri H. Chiparus (Romanian) | George Clews and Company (English) | Nancy Daum Freres (French) | Emile Decoeur (French) | Francois-Emile Decorchemont (French) | R. R. Donnelley (American) | Maurice Dufr?ne (French) | Jean Dunand (Swiss) | C. Faure, Limoges (French) | Christian Fjerdinstad (Danish) | Tsugouharu Foujita (Japanese) | Simon Gate (Swedish) | Rene Gauguin (Danish) | Edward Hald (Swedish) | Omar A. H. Hansen, Medallic Art Co. (American ) | Mateo Hernandez (Spanish) | Paul Iribe | Leon Jallot (French) | Charles Edouard "Le Corbusier" Jeanneret (Swiss) | Georg Jensen (Danish) | Frank Kupka (Bohemian) | Jean-Emile Laboureur (French) | Rene Lalique (French) | Marie Laurencin (French) | Fernand Leger (French) | Pierre Legrain (French) | Emile Lenoble (French) | Claudius Linossier (French) | Boris Lovet-Lowski (American) | Mappin and Webb (English) | Jean Mayodon (French) | Carl Milles (Swedish) | Henri Navarre (French ) | Gustav Oppel (German) | Paul Poiret (French) | F. Preiss | Pere Pruna Ocerans (Spanish) | Jean Puiforcat (French) | Charlotte M. Raye (American) | Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French) | Sara Sax, Rookwood Pottery (American) | Schneider (French) | Scholles (American) | John Storrs (American) | Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German) | Heinz Warneke (American) | Frank Lloyd Wright (American)
The Renaissance Society and the University's Bergman Gallery are jointly presenting the exhibition Art Deco: Trends in Design.

Recent years have seen a revived interest in design and particularly in decorative arts of the 1920s and 1930s. The term "Art Deco," reflecting the jazzy, stylish aspect of the period, was first coined in 1966; it is derived from the name of the great Paris exhibition of 1925, L'Ex[postion Internationale des Art Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts). In fact, the period was characterized by a greater diversity of ideals, tastes, annd intentions than the term "Art Deco" implies and this is clearly reflected in the decorative arts of the time. While Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier were thinking in terms of simple, functional design capable of mass-production thus bringing master designs into the everyday life of many people, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Puiforcat were making elegant designs (in furniture and silver respectively) which carried on the old ebeniste tradition of custom-made objects for the privileged few. Machines and a new fascination with speed are reflected in designs for furniture, posters, and even home appliances while amusing, ingenious , and bizarre objects abound.

The present exhibition will emphasize the diversity of concurrent trends. Furniture, ceramic, glass, silver, metalwork, posters , prints, magazine advertistements, postage stamps, and textiles have been selected from Chicago area collections. Great names such as Ruhlmann, Corbusier, or Lalique and fine mass -produced items such as Sunbeam coffee maker are represented.

This text was originally published in the exhibition press release.


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