Making America Modern

Making America Modern


When: Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Where: 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128


About the Event:

Join ADSNY for our holiday program––an evening with design historian Marilyn F. Friedman, when she explores her recent publication Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s. Through wonderful archival images of interior design from the 1930s we will trace the development of design in the United States.

This presentation will highlight wonderful public and private interiors designed by 50 prominent designers and architects including such luminaries as Donald Deskey, Gilbert Rohde, Joseph Urban, Eleanor LeMaire, and Kem Weber just to name a few. This talk will bring our attention to the breadth of design during the 1930s, the focus on a practical simplicity, and how this history impacts America today.

Reception and book signing to follow.

About the Speaker:

Marilyn F. Friedman is a design historian whose work focuses on the development and popularization of modern design across America during the 1920s and 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 is the 2018 recipient of ADSNY’s Michael J. Smith Art Deco Excellence Award in recognition of her major contribution to the ongoing study and celebration of American design between the two world wars.



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Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $50.00

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