The Art of Glamour: Special Screening
and Michael J. Smith Award Ceremony
When: Friday, May 5th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium,
Where: 41 Cooper Square, 41 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10008
About the Event:
Join ADSNY for a special evening celebrating the life and legacy of our dear friend and trusted advisor, Michael J. Smith, the design pioneer who founded two landmark galleries in New York City specializing in American design from the 1920s – 40s: Depression Modern and Adelaide.
This special evening honoring Michael, will:
- Feature a special screening of the BBC documentary, Deco: The Art of Glamour, which features interviews filmed in his trailblazing Soho gallery, Depression Modern.
- Include the presentation of the first Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum for their current exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.
- A reception where we will toast Michael’s enduring contribution to honoring the style of the Jazz Age through the launch of the Michael J. Smith Fund, established to promote the education and celebration of American Art Deco design.
This special evening is open to all — those who were his friends, frequented his galleries, or just share an appreciation for the Art Deco period and style. All proceeds from this evening will benefit the Art Deco Society of New York’s Michael J. Smith Fund that promotes education and celebration of American Art Deco design.
More about Deco: The Art of Glamour:
This evening will honor Michael’s exemplary work and legacy with a special screening of the BBC documentary, Deco: The Art of Glamour, which features interviews filmed in his trailblazing Soho gallery, Depression Modern.
The captivating film tells the dynamic story of the most sumptuous architectural and design movement the world has ever known. We will explore fashion, film, photography, music and architecture while tracking the development of Art Deco – from its Roaring Twenties beginning in Paris to a high-spirited zenith that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War II.
The film follows the movement as it brought new levels of excitement to the pleasure palaces – the hotels, cocktail bars, cinemas, and ocean liners – that sprang up in the fast-changing world of the 1920s. Art Deco is shown as a liberating force and a global phenomenon that reached beyond the boundaries of the fine and decorative arts, evolving from a luxurious style for the rich and famous into a style for the masses.
The original release of this film coincided with the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museums prestigious Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition and includes exclusive rarely seen pre-opening footage from the exhibition itself.
More about the Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award:
The Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award honors those who contribute to the ongoing study and celebration of American design between the two world wars. The first award will be presented to the The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for their new exhibition — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. This exhibition features more than 400 works of Jazz Age design and highlights Michael’s specific interest in decorative arts and design ranging from furniture, books, barware, graphic design, and a wide range of industrial objects that explore the evolution of American taste during the 1920s.
Click here to read the exhibition review by the New York Times.
All proceeds from this evening will benefit the Art Deco Society of New York’s Michael J. Smith Fund that promotes education and celebration of American Art Deco design. Registration for this event is a charitable tax-deductible contribution.
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