"Good Design" in Europe and America, 1850-1950 at the Smart Museum


CHICAGO, IL.- The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art presents masterworks from its collection of modern design in the special exhibition Mid-Century: “Good Design” in Europe and America, 1850–1950. Offering a focused look at more than sixty remarkable objects—both long-held treasures and newer acquisitions to the Smart’s collection—the exhibition gives insight into the interweaving history and iconic forms that defined the domestic world of modernism during the fertile period between 1850 and 1950. Featuring both one-of-a-kind commissions as well as mass-produced objects, “Good Design” is divided into four overlapping thematic sections highlighting extraordinary works by Edmond Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marianne Brandt, and Charles and Ray Eames, among many others. On view from July 8 through September 5, 2010, “Good Design” offers nuanced perspectives o