How Chicago Helped Define 20th-Century Style


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The Chicago History Museum is throwing it back to the 1930s-50s for this exhibition running through Dec. 1 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s yearlong Art Design Chicago initiative. Exploring nearly 300 objects on display for the first time–Wolfgang Hoffmann tubular furniture, streamlined appliances for stores such as Sears and Montgomery Ward, Radio Flyer wagons and more–visitors can trace the history of Chicago through an era that shaped the look and feel of modern America. The companion book, Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (Yale University Press, 2018), further delves into the city’s role in developing architecture, graphic design and products that defined 20th-century middle-class style.