Recent Opportunities

Roaring into the Future: Art Deco and Early Modernism in New York, 1925-1935


When: Thursday, September 26,  6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Dominican Academy,
Where: 44 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065

About the Event:

Register today to join ADSNY for this special, pioneering exploration of the 10 years that took America from the effervescent heights of the Jazz Age to the depths of the Depression, during which New York State transformed the nation.

In this illustrated talk, by independent curator and decorative arts historian Lori Zabar, we will celebrate the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism. For the first time we will investigate how throughout the state, artists, designers, and manufacturers generated avant-garde art, fashion, technology, decorative arts, and music that resulted in the century’s most important design revolution.

Although works of this period are often referred to as Art Deco today, at the time it was dubbed Modernism or Modernistic. Modernism appeared in elegant Art Moderne designs based on classical historical precedents, faceted skyscrapers and objects influenced by Cubism, brawny Machine Age wares using the vocabulary of machine parts, and sleek Streamlined products reflecting aerodynamic principles of speed. Zabar will show us how, across the State, New Yorkers designed, manufactured, and distributed new, nationally influential works, often made with innovative materials that reflected seismic post-World War I shifts in social customs, women’s rights, race relations, and technological discoveries. By 1935, New York, rather than Europe, was synonymous with modernism.

Some of the designers and objects featured in this talk will include:

  • Wallpaper by Charles E. Burchfield
  • A wrought iron balustrade by William Hunt Diederich
  • Glassware by Steuben Glass
  • A silver plate cocktail service by Elsa Tennhardt
  • The iconic skyscraper bookcase by Paul T. Frankl
  • Carpet designs by Ruth Reeves for the landmarked Radio City Music Hall
  • A flapper evening dress by Peggy Hoyt
  • Jewelry by Tiffany & Co.
  • Tableware by Russel Wright
  • Metalwork by Revere Copper and Brass
  • Decorative arts by Donald Deskey
  • Graphic design by Winold Reiss
  • Cameras by Eastman Kodak Company

And much more!

About the Speaker:

Lori Zabar is an art, decorative arts, and architectural historian and independent curator with a long association with The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a former research associate and current research volunteer. She was the guest curator of the exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-1935 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum in 2017. Lori has published numerous articles in arts journals and was the co-author of American Portrait Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to her work at the Metropolitan, Lori was the co-proprietor of the Kurland-Zabar gallery specializing in the sale of late 19th and early 20th century British and American furniture and decorative arts.



To take advantage of the member discount, your ADSNY membership must be valid the date of the event. If your membership expires between the time of event registration and the date of the event, you will be asked to renew your membership or pay the additional fee at the non-member price.

There is a $2.00 processing fee for each ticket to this event. Once you complete the registration form below and press the “Add to Cart” button, you will see a $2.00 per ticket processing fee. This processing fee is labeled “Shipping.”

Members: $35.00
Jazz Age Order Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $60.00



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