Jews and Midcentury Modernism

Princess Phone, by Henry Dreyfuss

Both native-born artists and émigrés, most of whom made indelible contributions to American visual culture after fleeing Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in the 1930s, will be highlighted. The exhibition will underscore that these designers, individually talented as they were, did not work in isolation, and that their impact on American architecture and design was rooted in the networks they forged, influential schools and artist colonies they helped found, museum initiatives they shaped, and corporations they modernized with new products, buildings, and advertising campaigns. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism will be on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum from April 24 to October 16, 2014, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.