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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde

New York World’s Fair: The World of Tomorrow, a poster in the Art Deco style, by Joseph Binder, 1939.

Sept 28, 2023 – Feb 25, 2024
119 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, United States

The design style that was mainstream in the West through the 1920s and 30s didn’t receive its name—Art Deco—until the mid 1960s. Thanks in large part to its presence in architecture, furniture and car design, and 30s films, our modern conception of Art Deco is inextricably linked to “the popular.” Think Radio City Music Hall. And yet, Art Deco’s rich history begins back at the turn of the century, where it begins its climb up through traditional Eastern art, Fauvism, and Cubism. The exhibition “Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde” seeks to investigate these deeper origins, and includes over 50 posters from artists and graphic designers, among them, A. M. Cassandre, Charles Loupot, Jean Dupas, and Austin Cooper. —Jack Sullivan

Photo: Courtesy of Poster House

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