I always include as many as museums possible in my itinerary when I travel. Museum of Arts and Design in New York was one of the few I didn’t have time to visit when I visited New York City a few years back. When I heard about the “Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design” exhibit opening at the Museum of Arts and Design in October of 2011, I thought it would be a good excuse for me to visit the city I adore again… but that didn’t happen! Fortunately, there is a book published to coincide with the exhibition.
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design (Abrams; October 2011) explores the development of the studio craft movement between the postwar era and the 1960s, emphasizing on the design utilizing mediums such as clay, wood, fiber, metal, glass and alternative materials. Some of the artists/designers featured in this book are: Alexander Girard, Dale Chihuly, Charles and Ray Eames, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, and Peter Voulkos.
This book is very comprehensive – it contains ample illustrations, essays, biographies, and useful resources. The Chapters 4 and 5 feature the most familiar (to me anyhow) midcentury modern designers. This book has given me a good opportunity to learn about craft modernism and become familiarized with other artists and designers during this era. If you have seen the exhibition, this book will definitely refresh your memory on designs you adore. If you missed the exhibition, this book will walk you through as if you are at the museum. Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design serves as a great reference book for any midcentury modern design enthusiasts.
About the author
Jeannine Falino and Jennifer Scanlan, both of the Museum of Arts and Design, are the curators of the exhibition Crafting Modernism. They are also among the many contributors of essays to the book, of which Falino is the general editor.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Abrams (October 1, 2011)