FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2005
CONTACT: CHRIS DISSINGER/(802)656-8582
THE FLEMING MUSEUM PRESENTS
ART HISTORIAN MARILYN FRIEDMAN PRESENTS AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF PROMOTING EARLY MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN
Burlington, VT- During the late 1920's, a period that saw rise to the international art deco movement,
a curious collaboration of art museums and department stores resulted in elaborate interior design ehibitions
the likes of which Americans had never experienced before. Influential retailing giants such as Macy's,
Lord & Taylor and Wannamaker's joined forces with institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create
mock interior living displays that featured the work of prominent deco designers such as Josef Hoffman, Gio Ponti,
William Lescze, Kim Weber, and Paul Frankl, with the net effect of popularizing modern design in America.
Hosted by the Fleming Museum Advisory Board, this special lecture will illuminate this little-known, but
remarkable era of modernism in America. Marilyn F. Friedman is an art historian with expertise in twentieth-century
interiors and decorative arts. She holds a master in arts from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum,
Smithsonian Institution, and Parsons School of Design. She lectures widely on twentieth-century interiors
and decorative arts and is the author of the recently published, "Selling Good Design: Promoting the
Early Modern Interior."
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Marilyn Friedman, Selling Good Design: Promoting the Early Modern Interior 2005
Published by Rizzoli, New York
Thursday, October 6
Hosted by Fleming Museum Advisory Board
$5 adults. $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to: Museum members; faculty, staff and students of UVM,
Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and St. Michael's College;
Children 6 and under.