Zooming In: Close-ups of Jazz Age New York

Zooming In: Close-ups of Jazz Age New York

Second Annual Michael J. Smith American Art Deco Event


When: Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 – 8:30  p.m.

Where: Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
Where: 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10008


About the Event:

Join ADSNY once again as we celebrate the life and legacy of ADSNY advisor, and interwar design expert Michael J. Smith. This year’s Michael J. Smith American Art Deco Event will take place on his birthday, Tuesday, May 8th and will feature a unique illustrated lecture by author, photographer, and industrial design consultant, David Stravitz.

In this lively talk, Zooming In: Close-ups of Jazz Age New York, we will get up close and personal with our favorite city as we explore rarely-seen and never before seen photographs that document day-by-day scenes of New York in the 1920s and 30s. Stravitz will zoom in so close that we’ll feel a sense of being there as the greatest city of all time grows and expands towards the sky. The talk will include rare images of buildings, street scenes, storefronts, people, and signage that span before, during, and after the Great Depression.

All proceeds from this event will support ADSNY’s Michael J. Smith Fund, established in 2017 to promote the education and celebration of American Art Deco design.

A wine reception and silent auction of two prints will conclude this celebratory evening.

Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award:

Following the illustrated talk, ADSNY will present the 2018 Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award, to Marilyn F. Friedman in recognition of her major contribution to the ongoing study and celebration of American design between the two world wars.

Friedman is a design historian whose work focuses on the development and popularization of modern design across America during the 1920s and 1930s and author of the forthcoming book Making America Modern: interior design in the 1930s. Born and educated in New York, Friedman studied design history at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, earning a Master of Arts degree, which led to her first publication, Selling Good Design: Promoting the Early Modern Interior (Rizzoli, 2003).

Friedman’s new book, Making American Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s (Bauer and Dean Publishers, 2018), chronicles the development of modern interior design in the United States in the 1930s and will be released this April. With more than 200 archival images and renderings of private commissions, model homes, and exhibition displays of by fifty design luminaries, this book is a true visual treasure trove.

About the Michael J. Smith Fund:

To ensure that Michael Smith’s passion for Art Deco continues to inspire others through engaging and informative programs for years to come, ADSNY has established the Michael J. Smith Fund.

Always the animated educator and mentor, Michael generously shared his time, knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for interwar design with his clients and Deco aficionados everywhere. He was a dedicated member of ADSNY for many years, and served on the Advisory Board until his passing in 2016.

To honor his strong commitment to ADSNY, we will use the Fund to present the Michael J. Smith American Art Deco Series—annual events exploring interior and industrial design and the decorative arts that expressed the American spirit of the era, from the 1920s through the early 1940s.



All tickets to this event will be considered a charitable contribution to the Michael J. Smith Fund. As such, your registration is 100% tax-deductible.

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