Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

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Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Norman Bel Geddes Designs America accompanies a landmark exhibition exploring the career of Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958), one of the 20th century’s foremost theatrical and industrial designers. This companion volume explores Bel Geddes’s life and career in comprehensive detail through nearly 100 projects, ranging from streamlined airplanes, ships, and cars, to stage sets, appliances, and much more. Both the exhibition and the book bring together never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs, and films drawn from the Ransom Center’s Bel Geddes collection. He is perhaps best known for his Futurama display for the General Motors Highways and Horizons exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1939–40, which to this day remains a useful model for city planning and design. The exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht, who contributed the book’s introduction and serves as its editor. In addition to Albrecht, who has written the introduction, twenty scholars have contributed essays. The exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America opens in September 2012 at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, and will travel to the Museum of the City of New York.

Praise for Norman Bel Geddes Designs America:

“For those who have never heard of Geddes, this book will be a revelation, an introduction to a brilliant craftsman and draftsman, a master of style, the 20th century’s Leonardo da Vinci, who was able to realize everything he could imagine.” —The New York Times

“It’s worth looking back at Geddes’s . . . work to inspire us as we plan for the future.” —Fortune

Statement of Responsibility: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Museum of the City of New York ; Donald Albrecht, editor
Title: Norman Bel Geddes designs America
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2012
Characteristics: 399 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume, object
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and at the Museum of the City of New York
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-385) and index
Contents: Norman Bel Geddes and a spiritual philosophy of art and inspiration / Danielle Brune Sigler
Practical vision and the business of design : Norman Bel Geddes Incorporated / Nicolas Paolo Maffei
Imagining consumers : Norman Bel Geddes and American consumer culture / Regina Lee Blaszczyk
On the road to the future / Dave Croke
"A few years ahead" : defining a modernism with popular appeal / Jeffrey L. Meikle
The future is here : Norman Bel Geddes and the theater of time / Sandy Isenstadt
Theater productions / Christin Essin
Theaters / Laura McGuire
Modular and mobile / Christopher Innes
Furniture / Christopher Long
Domestic media designs / Nick Muntean
Housing / Monica Penick
Workplaces / Katherine Feo Kelly
Futurama / Lawrence W. Speck
Theater of war / Christina Cogdell
The Bel Geddes process / Andrea Gustavson
Graphic design / Peter Hall
Subject Headings: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Exhibitions Design United States History 20th century Exhibitions Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958 Exhibitions Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958 Criticism and interpretation
Topical Term: Design
LCCN: 2012008312
ISBN: 1419702998
Branch Call Number: 709.2 Geddes N
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