There is currently an exhibit in New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design that explores the postwar era here in the United States. The American culture underwent some serious changes during this period and a new era emerged, Midcentury Modern. The Museum of Arts and Design’s Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design takes a look at “the rich interplay of art and design in all craft media (clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and alternative materials) that exploded across the United States during the postwar era.”
Covering a span of 25 years, the exhibit begins with the “craftsman-designers of the 1940s and 1950s, and concludes in 1969 with innovative works that upended traditional concepts of craft, and included humor, psychological content, and social commentary in provocative and unique works of art.”
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design features the work textile designer Dorothy Liebes, furniture maker George Nakashima, silversmith Jack Prip, sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, among others. It also examines the innovative designs of Edith Heath and Ray and Charles Eames.
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design will be on view at the Museum of Arts and Design through January 15th and then will travel to Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York from now until January 15, 2012.