Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design

September 16, 2005 – January 22, 2006

Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Special Exhibition Gallery, 1st Floor

More than 200 works are on view to chart the stylistic design history of modern American production silver from 1925 to 2000 and to reintroduce designers working at the time. Featured designers include Eliel Saarinen, Erik Magnussen, Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Elsa Peretti, and Richard Meier. The exhibition also explores economic and cultural factors that influenced design, manufacture, and marketing across more than seven decades.

The exhibition is divided into the following thematic areas:

  • The Modernist Impulse: Art Moderne
  • The Machine Age: Modern Classicism
  • Naturalism: Scandinavian Influences
  • A New Look: Free Form and the 1950s
  • Future Dreams: The Space Age
  • The Boutique: Architects and Fashion Designers