During the mid-twentieth century, American Modernism, as practiced by such fabled designers as Russel Wright, Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames, became emblematic of a hopeful new humanistic, but industrial society. By the end of the century, however, its glow—and that idealistic vision of the future--had faded. Some 60 years later, midcentury Modernism is enjoying a second life. Which raises the question, Why now? Five experts, including participants in the original design revolution and others who are involved in its revival, will take a look back–and forward–to offer answers to this provocative question. Panelists include Vladimir Kagan, Jack Lenor Larsen, Evan Snyderman of R Gallery, a gallery specializing in mid-century design, and Anna Hoffman, design history columnist for Apartment Therapy.
Moderated by Judith Gura, Professor of Design History at the New York School of Interior Design.