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Mildred Friedman
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VITAL FORMS: AMERICAN ART AND DESIGN IN THE ATOMIC AGE, 1940-1960
OPENING-DAY PANEL: FROM FUTURAMA TO MOTORAMA


SUNDAY,
FEBRUARY 17,
2 PM

$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS)
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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).