A genius? Or an unrealistic dreamer? Norman Bel Geddes’s contemporaries viewed the founder of American industrial design as both, with Henry Dreyfuss calling him the “only authentic genius this [industrial design] profession has ever produced” and the New Yorker describing him as an “intense, wild-haired…super-salesman [who] moves from one grandiose venture to another, leaving chaos, and usually an awed but somehow satisfied client,” while reporting the criticism that he was “impractical and visionary.”
Gearing up for the busy fall season, The Wolfsonian has recently hired a new art director and promoted several staff members.
“A disaster or accident takes a very short period of time. It takes a couple of minutes to a few hours, but it can take a year to recover. The quicker you respond, the better chance you have of getting over it,” said Rosa Lowinger, a conservator who helped facilitate the workshop Emergency Response for Collections: Triage Workshop on July 21.
The centennial of the outbreak of the First World War gives rise to The Wolfsonian’s next major exhibition, Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture, on view from November 11, 2014 through May 24, 2015.
The First World War was a new kind of war in terms of the scale of destruction it brought, its geographic scope, and the technologies (airplanes, submarines, and chemical weapons, among others) that the combatant forces employed.