Illuminating the Jazz Age: Lighting of Caldwell & Company

Illuminating the Jazz Age:
Lighting of Caldwell & Company


Thursday, March 30th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library
Where: 9 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128


About the Event:

This is your special chance to join ADSNY for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the rarely seen stunning Art Deco design renderings from the New York–based lighting and metalwork firm E.F. Caldwell Co. Selections from this extraordinary archive, a valuable treasure in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Library, will be on view for this special evening only for ADSNY members.

The event will be led by Meg Caldwell—a descendant of the Caldwell family—and Catherine Acosta, who has reviewed all 13,000 drawings of the collection. Together, with Stephen Van Dyk, head of the Smithsonian Design Museum, Acosta has identified 1,000 drawings that exemplify elements of Art Deco style. Premier examples of Art Deco will be hand selected for this event, as well as Art Moderne and Machine Age designs.

Included will be some of the firm’s most well recognized designs from Radio City Music Hall and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as well as exquisite Art Deco commissions from Detroit, Chicago, and as far west as Portland, Oregon.

Several of the firm’s design drawings will be featured in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s upcoming exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, which opens on April 7, 2017.



This will be a truly special evening with very limited space. Register today to guarantee your spot!

ADSNY Members: $50.00
ADSNY Jazz Age Order Members: $40.00
Non-Members: $70.00
Jazz Age Order Guests: $60.00

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