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Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Modernism and Industrial Design

Daytime Program (Session 2 of 3-Session Series)

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0059
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on decorative arts and design topics.

Lay is a textile historian and the curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor of 20th century fashion at the Smithsonian–Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University.


Modernism and Industrial Design

The designed object must solve a problem, be compatible with manufacturing, and visually reflect the materials and ideals of the current culture. Industrial design was not a new idea in the 1930s, but the pulsing 1920s had matured into chic modern design with exciting new materials, new uses, and new expressions of lifestyles. An extraordinary generation of industrial designers met the challenge, including Henry Dreyfuss, Raymond Bel Geddes, Belle Kogan, Raymond Loewy, and Mary and Russel Wright. Lay discusses the influences, inspirations, and work of these designers as they reshaped the way Americans lived.


If you are interested in additional Lunchtime with a Curator sessions, view the upcoming winter schedule:


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.