Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35

June 17 - October 9, 2017

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MWPAI Exhibition Explores How The Empire State Modernized America

During the 10 years that took America from glittering heights to the depths of economic devastation, New York State transformed the nation. The exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, on view June 18 through October 9 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, is a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism. From Buffalo to Brooklyn, artists, designers, and manufacturers generated avant-garde art, fashion, technology, and music that resulted in the century’s most important artistic revolution. Lori Zabar, based in New York City and working with the Museum of Art staff, is the curator of this exhibition, originated by MWPAI.

Roaring into the Future features more than 100 artworks—fashion arts, paintings, decorative arts, and video and music —including masterpieces from the MWPAI collection by Reginald Marsh, John Storrs, and Stuart Davis. Works from museums across the state enhance this innovative exhibition, including famous photographs from the George Eastman Museum and from the Whitney Museum of American Art; dazzling jewelry from Tiffany & Co. Archives; decorative arts from Yale University Art Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum; and a Franklin automobile from the Northeast Classic Car Museum. Rarely exhibited works from
galleries and private collections are also featured.

The artworks, often made with innovative materials, embodied the seismic post-World War I shifts in social customs, women’s rights, race relations, and technological discoveries. The exhibition showcases the streamlined and skyscraper aesthetics that became design hallmarks, as well as the artistic expression of progressive cultural movements including the Harlem Renaissance. MWPAI will present an unprecedented cultural experience that celebrates New Yorkers’ creativity and their national influence.

Over the course of nearly a century, fact has given way to myth and perceptions of the era have evolved into romanticized visions of speakeasies and breadlines. Roaring into the Future accurately explores the actual pivotal role played by New York State’s arts community in the development of a thoroughly modern style, as it evolved from a Eurocentric to a uniquely American interpretation of art and consumer goods for the 20th century and beyond.

Exhibition Programs

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Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35

With more than 100 artworks, from painting and sculpture masterpieces to high fashion and glittering jewels, Roaring into the Future will be a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the epicenter of the creation of 20th-century modernism.

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8 pm - 10 pm
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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.