20th century

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building: Creating a Corporate Cathedral


Frank Lloyd Wright’s great concern for space and scale is explored in this exhibition on the Johnson Wax Headquarters Building in Racine, Wisconsin. More than 100 items are on display, including lithographs, scale models, murals, videotapes of Wright discussing his work, original drawing from Wright’s unpublished archives in Arizona, and correspondence between Wright and the company's president, Herbert F. Johnson. The building was constructed in the 1930s and was later designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture, architectural drawings, models, 20th century, American, traveling exhibitions

Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament


The more than 170 objects on display underscore the importance of Chicago-born architect, Louis Henry Sullivan (1856-1924), on American architecture. Sullivan saw aesthetic potential in the versatility of steel, and his accomplishments include the Wainwright Building in St. Louis and the Guaranty Buildings in Buffalo. The exhibition focuses on Sullivan's incorporation of ornament and modernism, and features models, photographs, and ornamental fragments, including a pencil sketch of a snowflake for an elevator panel.
Louis Sullivan, Architecture, drawings, American, 20th century, models, steel, ornament, traveling exhibitions

Erich Mendelsohn: Architectural Drawings


Several hundred drawings and dozens of original photographs display architect Erich Mendelsohn’s important work in Germany before the rise of the Third Reich: the Einstein Tower (1920), in Potsdam, considered to be the epitome of Expressionist architecture; the Hat Factory (1921); the Schocken Department Store Building (1926) in Stuttgart, in 1926; and, Mendelsohn’s own home, Villa Rupenhorn (1928) which he and his family occupied briefly before fleeing to England due to growing antisemitism fomented by the ascension of the Nazi regime.
Erich Mendelsohn, Architecture, Germany, 20th century, modernism, expressionism, exhibitions

What Could Have Been: Unbuilt Architecture of the 80s


An exhibition of 30 unrealized architectural projects. The models and drawings on display include proposals for civic projects and large-scale commercial buildings that would have altered the landscapes of major cities. Alice Aycock, Steven Holl, Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry, and Antoine Predock are among the featured architects.
Architecture, architectural drawings, models, 1980s, 20th century, exhibitions

Ceramics of the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933


An exhibition of more than 100 brightly-colored ceramics from the Weimar Republic. After World War I, higher production rates and lower costs brought these bold new designs into every German home. Works by manufacturers Villeroy & Boch, Christian Carsten, Lehmann & Sohn, Reinhold & Company, and Julius Paul & Sohn are on display.
Germany, Weimar, ceramics, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

The Art that is Life: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920


This exhibition explores the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on American life at the turn-of-the-century. The movement's philosophy is represented through the craftsmanship of stained glass, silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture, architectural drawings, costumes, jewelry, embroidery, and illustrated books. Works of John LaFarge, Gustav Stickley, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, and Frank Lloyd Wright are on view.
Arts and Crafts, 19th century, 20th century, craftsmanship, stained glass, silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture, architectural drawings, costumes, jewelry, embroidery, books, John LaFarge, Gustav Stickley, Charles Sumner Greene, Henry Mather Greene, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Frank Lloyd Wright, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350143

Initial Concepts: Don Wallance Archive


Don Wallance, an industrial designer known for his stainless steel tableware, was keenly interested in how hands work and how people use utensils. His exploration of ergonomics and everyday elegance is the focus of this exhibition of selections from the Museum's recently-acquired Don Wallance archive. This archive is the most complete collection of Wallance's work, and its drawings, prototypes, molds, and finished pieces are on display.
Don Wallance, archives, Industrial Design, 20th century, tableware, utensils, ergonomics, dining, exhibitions

Revolution, Life, and Labor: Soviet Porcelains 1918-1985


The porcelain in this exhibition documents Soviet history between the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Glasnost era of the late 1980s. Most of the objects are examples of propaganda and Socialist realism, such as a statuette depicting a seamstress sewing a hammer and sickle banner or a colorful teapot decorated with fields and farm laborers.
Porcelain, Soviet Union, propaganda, Socialist realism, tea service, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350049

Toward Modern Design: Revival & Reform in Applied Arts 1850-1920


More than 50 examples of furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, jewelry, brass, and graphics produced between 1850 and 1920 are on display from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection. Works by William de Morgan, Émile Gallé, and Tiffany are on view, as well as a glass flask by James Powell & Sons, a painted glass vase by Richard Redgrave, a restored cabinet by Carlo Bugatti and furniture by Hector Guimard.
furniture, ceramics, Glass, silver, jewelry, graphics, 19th century, 20th century, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349663

Czech Cubism: Architecture and Design


An exploration of Prague's vibrant Cubism movement, which thrived between 1910 and 1925. The majority of the furniture, architectural renderings, ceramics, and metalwork on display are on loan from the Museum of Decorative Arts and the National Technical Museum, both in Prague. This traveling exhibition was organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein in collaboration with Prague's Museum of Decorative Arts and its National Technical Museum.
Cubism, Prague, Czech, 20th century, furniture, ceramics, Architecture, architectural drawings, metalwork, traveling exhibitions

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