VITAL FORMS: AMERICAN
ART AND DESIGN IN THE ATOMIC AGE, 1940-1960
OPENING-DAY PANEL: FROM FUTURAMA TO MOTORAMA
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS)
After World War II, the United
States experienced an age of optimism and anxiety. Wartime innovations
in plastics and molded plywood led to peacetime developments such as Tupperware
and Eames chairs; the curves of camouflage and the atomic model inspired
organic forms in designs ranging from swimming pools to coffee tables.
Join Paul Boyer, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
for a historical overview of postwar America, followed by a discussion
about the material culture of the period, from Abstract Expressionism
to "Potato Chip" chairs, by Vital
Forms curators Brooke Kamin Rapaport and Mildred Friedman (former
Walker Design Curator).