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Deco: Luxury to Mass Market

The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

"Art Deco" has come to evoke a set of styles that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s out of aspirations to fuse art and industry into a modern language of design. From exquisite handcrafted objects to streamlined household appliances, the items on display in Deco demonstrate how American designers adapted a style associated with European luxury to the demands of industrial mass production. Through decorative arts, product design, architecture, and graphics from the Wolfsonian collection, the exhibition traces Art Deco’s origins in Europe, its migration to the United States, and its evolution into a fully American style—perhaps most spectacularly realized on Miami Beach in the 1930s.

Deco: Luxury to Mass Market is made possible by Diane and Alan Lieberman and the South Beach Group, with the support of Jamestown, L.P., and Saul and Jane Gross and Streamline Properties. It is presented in tandem with Deco Designs, an installation of pochoir prints organized by The Wolfsonian Library, and Destination Deco, a display of Wolfsonian Art Deco collection highlights on view in Miami International Airport's North Terminal D.