The Jazz Age


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American Style in the 1920s

Sarah D. Coffin and Stephen Harrison; With contributions by Emily M. Orr

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An exhilarating look at Art Deco design in 1920s America, using jazz as its unifying metaphor  

Capturing the dynamic pulse of the era’s jazz music, this lavishly illustrated publication explores American taste and style during the golden age of the 1920s. Following the destructive years of the First World War, this flourishing decade marked a rebirth of aesthetic innovation that was cultivated to a great extent by American talent and patronage. Due to an influx of European émigrés to the United States, as well as American enthusiasm for traveling to Europe’s cultural capitals, a reciprocal wave of experimental attitudes began traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, forming a creative vocabulary that mirrored the ecstatic spirit of the times.
The Jazz Age showcases developments in design, art, architecture, and technology during the ’20s and early ’30s, and places new emphasis on the United States as a vital part of the emerging marketplace for Art Deco luxury goods. Featuring hundreds of full-color illustrations and essays by two leading historians of decorative arts, this comprehensive catalogue shows how America and the rest of the world worked to establish a new visual representation of modernity.

Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art

Sarah D. Coffin is an independent decorative arts and design consultant and retired curator and head of product design and decorative arts at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Stephen Harrison is curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

“The book scrutinizes a particularly glittering facet of the era with a subtle but steadfastly political eye, unveiling unseen depths behind the stunningly crafted bijous and objets d’art.”—Alex Javonivich, Bookforum
ISBN: 9780300248180
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art
400 pages, 9 x 10
470 color + 44 b/w illus.
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