This exhibition will present the work of David Smith (1906–1965) through sculptures drawn from four decades, beginning with Smith’s earliest experimental works from the 1930s and ending with his large-scale sculptures of the 1960s, along with a selection of drawings. A key figure in the history of 20th century sculpture, Smith was the first known American artist to work with welded metal. In addition to exploring Smith’s distinctive working of metal, the exhibition will demonstrate his unique fusion of industry and nature and will place a selection of his sculptures in the Yorkshire landscape.
Exhibition: Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America
Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.
The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.
This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information: