Melbourne Art Deco & Modernism

Melbourne Art Deco & Modernism


When: Monday, October 29, From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The English-Speaking Union
Where: 144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016


About the Event:

Join ADSNY for an evening focusing on Art Deco down under. In this illustrated talk, longtime President of the Art Deco & Modernism Society of Australia and author of the award-winning Melbourne Art Deco, Robin Grow, will explore the Art Deco and Modernist treasures in Melbourne, Australia.

Though Melbourne––founded in 1834 at the bottom of Australia––was one of the British Empire’s great Victorian cities, this talk will illustrate how the interwar years fostered a new spirit of modernism. Much like New York, the 1920s and ’30s brought Melbourne motor cars, the modern woman, females as consumers, stunning jazz age fashion, vivacious dance and music scenes, and of course cocktails!

During the 1920’s and ’30s Melbourne was transformed into a wonderful Art Deco center that featured the first truly international style. As new facing materials were introduced, such as terracotta and terrazzo, the city became colorized and steel reinforced concrete revolutionized building processes. And, it wasn’t only brand new buildings featuring these modern materials––existing buildings shed their excessive ornamentation in favor of Art Deco’s smooth and unadorned surfaces, murals, large expanses of glass, stylized building signs, and cantilevered balconies.

In this engaging talk, Grow will explore how the Art Deco style can be seen everywhere––from A (apartment blocks) to Z (the Melbourne Zoo), as well as suburban town halls, police stations, and courthouses; department stores, cinemas, and football grounds; private residences, elementary and secondary schools, and University buildings; office blocks, factories, and warehouses; and of course the famous train––the Spirit of Progress.

Special wine reception, featuring Australian wine, to follow.

Space is very limited for this talk, register today to claim your seat!

About the Speaker:

Robin Grow, President of the Art Deco & Modernism Society, is an expert on the Art Deco in Melbourne. He writes and presents extensively on the era, assists organizations with exhibitions, and leads engaging tours of Melbourne and its suburbs. In 2009 he wrote and published the award-winning book Melbourne Art Deco, which is now being re-published. Grow is also the Vice President of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, to which ADSNY is a member.



To take advantage of our discounted member rate, 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.

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Members: $35.00
Jazz Age Order: $25.00
Non-Members: $50.00

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