Gallery Talk: Lifestyle and Choice in the Jazz Age


Stephen Harrison 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:00 p.m. 
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Hall

By the early 1900s, many Americans equated “good taste” and social success with older European styles of design while others preferred early American colonial design especially in the years surrounding the American Sesquicentennial (1926).  In the wake of the First World War, a new generation cast off old social customs and embraced a new ideal of modernity, choosing frivolity and fun over the corseted sobriety of their elders. These themes of choice and identity will be explored in a gallery talk by Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design given in galleries within the exhibition.