In a nearly five-minute segment for Chicago Tonight titled “Local Museums Embrace Rich History of Design in Chicago,” WTTW explores two design-themed exhibitions now on view: Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America at the Chicago History Museum and African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race at the Chicago Cultural Center.
In the video, exhibition curators Olivia Mahoney (Modern by Design) and Daniel Schulman (African American Designers in Chicago) discuss the background and premise for each exhibition, and share a bit about the era in which each draws material from.
“Chicago made such a breadth of [streamlined goods] because we had such a varied industrial base, and we also had this unsurpassed ability to distribute these goods nationwide. So Chicago became a leader in this movement of streamlined design.” —Olivia Mahoney, Curator of Modern by Design at the Chicago History Museum
The clip showcases a variety of design products and ephemera related to both exhibitions, including Schwinn bicycles, a Zephyr train, and a streamlined tractor in Modern by Design, and printed books, pamphlets, advertisements, and more in African American Designers in Chicago.
Watch the segment here.
Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is on view through December 1, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is on view through March 3, 2019 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Both are presented as part of Art Design Chicago.