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New York World's Fair Collection

A work made of printed papers, photocopied papers, color and black and white photomechanical prints, and black and white photographic prints..

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  • A work made of printed papers, photocopied papers, color and black and white photomechanical prints, and black and white photographic prints..

Date:

1937-1940

Artist:

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958)
Delano and Aldrich (1903-1940)
Donald Deskey (1894-1989)
Albert Kahn (1869-1942)
Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944)

About this artwork

The New York World’s Fair, which opened in New York City in 1939, was organized around the theme, “building the world of tomorrow.” In seven zones—Amusement, Food, Communications and Business Systems, Community Interests, International Affairs, Production and Distribution, and Transportation—modern achievements of the 20th century and proposed visions of the future were presented to an international audience. The fair’s avant-garde aesthetic style received particular acclaim, as seen through the work of such architects and designers as Norman Bel Geddes, Delano and Aldrich, Donald Deskey, Harrison and Fouilhoux, Albert Kahn, and Gilbert Rohde. This collection of press releases, published materials, ephemera, and photographs documents many of the exhibitions and activities of the fair.

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Status

Currently Off View

Department

AIC Archives

Artist

Norman Bel Geddes (Architect)

Title

New York World's Fair Collection

Date

Made 1937–1940

Medium

Printed papers, photocopied papers, color and black and white photomechanical prints, and black and white photographic prints.

Dimensions

1 portfolio: H.: 7.7 cm (3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries from various sources, n.d.; purchase of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, 2005.

Reference Number

2002.2

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