the jazz age: American style in the 1920s
On View April 7–August 20, 2017
In the exhilarating decade of the 1920s, American patronage and creativity emerged on the world stage of design and decoration. The Jazz Age will focus on American tastes during the period, with the United States as consumer and originator, while considering Eastern and Western European influences to define an emerging language of modern design. The exhibition will examine the strong connections between France, primarily for luxury, and Austria with the United States, as talent and craftsmanship, urbanity and experimentation, including in the world of jazz and cinema, flowed back and forth across the Atlantic. The Jazz Age will be curated by Sarah D. Coffin, Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts, and Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cleveland Museum of Art. An extensively illustrated accompanying catalogue authored by the exhibition’s curatorial team, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
The World of Radio
On view February 3–September 24, 2017
A 1934 batik mural created by Arthur Gordon Smith to celebrate the career of soprano and radio star Jessica Dragonette will be displayed alongside radios, drawings, and photographs of the era. The mural contains multiple vignettes that illustrate milestones in radio’s history as well as familiar icons of the Jazz Age, including a wall of Art Deco skyscrapers crisscrossed by airplanes and musical notes.
Featured Image: Mural: The World of Radio; Designed by Arthur Gordon Smith (Canadian, 1901ñn.d.); USA; cotton batik; H x W: 262.9 ◊ 492.8 cm (8 ft. 7 1/2 in. ◊ 16 ft. 2 in.); Gift of Nicholas Meredith Turner in memory of Jessica Dragonette; 1983-73-1; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution