In 'Designing Deco' Exhibition, Objects Tell Stories of Vanity, Speed, Vice and Jazz

  • DENVER, Colorado
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  • January 20, 2020

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Kirkland Museum's Art Deco vignette featuring the Dubly Games Table (c. 1927) and Drouant Chairs with original upholstery (1924) designed by Émile - Jacques Ruhlmann; 6 - Panel Lacquered Wood S creen by Jean Dunand (1925 or before) featuring his signature “Dunand Deco fish and water; ” Daum Lamp (c. 1928) .
photo by Wes Magyar; Kirkland Museum

In Denver, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art's summer 2020 exhibition, Designing Deco, is set to explore the design of Deco objects related to four themes: vanity, speed,vice and jazz. Through these themes, the museum aims to increase awareness of the societal influences and advances in technology that shaped the design of useful objects made for a wide range of consumers. 

Designing Deco is on view at Kirkland Museum from May 1–August 30, and curated by Deputy Curator Christopher Herron, with over 100 objects. 

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“While many connect the Deco era in America with a flashy and glamorous flapper drinking her way through the Roaring 20s, this is only one part of the story. This 20-year period (1920–1940) between World War I and World War II was a time of great economic and social change,” adds Herron.

Through these themes, Kirkland Museum will increase awareness of the societal influences and advances in technology that shaped the design of useful objects made for consumers. In addition, each first Sunday of the month (May–August), Kirkland Museum will host exciting conversations and demonstrations with local experts and curatorial staff surrounding the four themes. Guided tours exploring the collection and the Art Deco movement will be offered each Saturday throughout the exhibition’s duration.


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