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American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow

Exhibition of 20th-century industrial design highlights futuristic visions from the past

by Greg Stefano in Design on 15 February 2011

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With a focus on the curvaceous forms and clean sleek lines that characterized design in post-depression America, the exhibit "American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow" next visits the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, following presentations in Miami, New York City and Montreal. The show captures the collective hope in the American psyche about the future during a period of economic and social hardship, which cemented the national fixation with progress.

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A rare opportunity to see works from some of the leading industrial designers of the 20th century, including Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy, the exhibition includes over185 objects ranging from toasters to fans.

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The iteration at Philbrook will contain many new pieces due to their recent acquisition of George R. Kravis' world-renowned industrial design collection. This, combined with a partnership with the Vitra Design Museum, will make the Philbrook a premier destination for 20th century design. The exhibition runs from through 15 May 2011.

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