FrontRunners: Art Deco on Display

  • Marilyn Jackson

The aristocracy of Art Deco, the streamlined design style that swept the world in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, is represented in a show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (617.267.9300, www.mfa.org) from August 22, 2004, through January 9, 2005. Coco Chanel, Cartier, Lacloche, Norman Bel Geddes, Jacques Lipchitz, and others designed the jewelry, fashions, furniture, decorative objects, buildings, and even trains, planes, and automobiles that embody the sleek, elegant lines of Art Deco.

Boston is the final stop for Art Deco: 1910–1939, which includes more than 250 works from both public and private collections. Although fashions, jewelry, and art objects can be transported to the galleries to dazzle visitors, skyscrapers cannot, so still photography and film will be on display to show the style’s architectural treasures. 

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