Feeding the Art Deco Spirit



A central aspect of the culture and lifestyle of the 1920s and 30s was the creation and consumption of food.  You could exist in an Art Deco world where everything from the soup to the nuts was inflected with this style. As a pervasive mode, Deco shaped a total environment and food and drink were an integral part of this.  The lecture will focus upon some of the more striking results of this encounter.

Teri Edelstein

Teri Edelstein, PhD

Dr. Teri J. Edelstein, curator and museum consultant is principal of Teri J. Edelstein, Museum Strategies.  She served as Deputy Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and before that as director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.  She has taught at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, and The University of Chicago. Her numerous publications include many articles and exhibition catalogues as well as the book Art for All: British Posters for TransportShe contributed a major essay to Art Deco Chicago: Designing  Modern America.  Most recently, she curated Everyone’s Art Gallery:  Posters of the London Underground  for the Art Institute of Chicago and contributed an essay to the book E. McKnight Kauffer:  The Artist in Advertising.
Cover image: Café, bars, restaurants, Cover Félix Jobbé-Duval Café, bars, restaurants, Cover Félix Jobbé-Duval Paris: Librairie de la Construction moderne, 1930


Monday, October 16, 2023
7 p.m. Central Time
Presented Via ZOOM

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