This exhibition was on display from April 07, 2017 to August 20, 2017.

There were 409 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 400 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Abstraction and Reinvention

The abstract and often fragmented forms that appeared in 1920s design were influenced by fine art movements such as Cubism, but they also emanated from the profound impact of abstraction in architecture particularly the stepped, set-back profile of soaring skyscrapers and in the open-plan arrangements of interior spaces. Designers’ use of bold geometric shapes that became pervasive by the 1930s—from the zigzags of Reuben Haley’s Ruba Rombic glass and Ruth Reeves’s Electric pattern textile to the spheres of a Lobmeyr glass candy dish and a Puiforcat silver tea set—reflects an overall trend of paring down to pure form that had its root in the 1920s.

  • Object ID #907130443
  • silver-plated brass and “vitrolite” glass.
  • Lent by Milwaukee Art Museum, Purchase, with funds from Demmer Charitable....
  • 45.2016.1a/h
  • Object ID #907131613
  • silver with gilding and ivory.
  • Lent by Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, The Gorham Collection.....
  • 51.2016.1a/d
  • Object ID #907214281
  • desk and bookcase: mahogany, cedrela, zebrawood, yellow poplar, and pine with....
  • Lent by Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Clara Migeon Swayze, by....
  • 65.2016.5a/c
  • Object ID #404536601
  • molded and glazed stoneware.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.19a,b.2015
  • Object ID #907218887
  • oil on canvas.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Collection of Robert R.....
  • 76.2016.2
  • Model 404 Piano Lamp, 1928
  • metal, chrome-plated metal, bakelite.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and....
  • 1994-71-21
  • Object ID #404536683
  • engraved plate glass and chrome-plated metal.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.51.2015
  • Object ID #404536677
  • painted and stained pine and plywood.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.48.2015
  • Object ID #404536659
  • silver leaf, lacquered wood, cast metal (hinges).
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.39.2015
  • Object ID #404536637
  • molded glass, patinated metal.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7059.32.2015
  • Object ID #907216069
  • brass and steel on black marble base (or vulcanite base).
  • Lent by Indianapolis Museum of Art, Discretionary Fund, 73.8.
  • 68.2016.1
  • Object ID #907214293
  • oil on canvas.
  • Lent by Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Collection Société Anonyme,....
  • 65.2016.9
This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Object ID #907214287
  • linen.
  • Lent by Yale University Art Gallery, John P. Axelrod Collection, B.A. 1968,....
  • 65.2016.7
  • Object ID #907214285
  • cotton.
  • Lent by Yale University Art Gallery, John P. Axelrod Collection, B.A. 1968,....
  • 65.2016.6
  • Object ID #907214245
  • diamonds, platinum.
  • Lent by Tiffany and Company, Archives, A2000.20.
  • 62.2016.1
This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Object ID #907214163
  • oil paint on wood panel, california redwood and black lacquer.
  • Denver Art Museum, Lent by Grant and Betty Hagestad, 43.2009.
  • 56.2016.1
  • Object ID #907214161
  • california redwood and black laquer.
  • Lent by Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Halick, 1984.7.2.
  • 55.2016.1
  • Object ID #18628817
  • cotton.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 1988-55-1