The “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism” exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage will close January 18. Delving into the role of Jewish architects, designers and patrons in the formation of a new American domestic landscape during the post-WWII decades of the 20th century, the exhibit spotlights vintage furnishings, textiles, ceramics, posters, dinnerware and photographs. The work of 30-plus professionals, including Anni Albers, George Nelson, and Richard Neutra, is profiled.
Dr. David G. Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, said, “This exhibit focuses on the themes of exile, achievement and expression that were a vital part of the Jewish American experience from the 1920s through the 1960s. We hope visitors walk away from this exhibition with a newfound appreciation for the forward-thinking designs and the men and women who created them.”
Also on view are original furnishings by Bauhaus architect Harry Rosenthal, from Richard Neutra’s 1938 Schiff House; a small gallery spotlighting Judaica design from Anni Albers, Judith Brown and Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert, among others; sections dedicated to Joseph Eichler’s designs and the Walker Art Center’s 1947 Idea House; and a section focused on Hollywood’s impact on modern design.
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