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

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Frank Lloyd Wright - Dining Table and Six Chairs, 1908–10 - Designed for the Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Table: oak, leaded glass, and ceramic, Chairs: oak and leather. - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, University Transfer, 1967

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 on key artistic innovations
within a
broader cultural context of social activism, nationalism, and
international
politics.