Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America

Robert Bruegmann (Editor) Lisa D. Schrenk (Contribution by)
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This richly illustrated volume explores Chicago's pivotal role in the development of American Art Deco, examining the architecture, graphic design, and product design that came to define middle-class style in the 20th century.

Product Details

Chicago Art Deco Society
Publish Date
October 02, 2018
9.4 X 1.6 X 12.3 inches | 6.1 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Bruegmann is distinguished professor emeritus of architecture, art history, and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


"Stand aside, Radio City. Though New York was a center of 20th century Art Deco, the Second City held its own. 'Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America' (Chicago Art Deco Society, $75, 412 pp.), edited by Robert Bruegmann, accompanies a coming exhibition at the Chicago History Museum on Chicago's hefty role in marketing the Depression-era movement. The 101 examples -- including accordions, pedestrian overpasses and the Hostess Twinkie -- demonstrate the appeal of jagged edges and racy curves."--Jeremy Allen, New York Times
"The book is, quite simply, fantastic. It's a deep dive into not just the explosion in Art Deco architecture, but also its effects in fashion and industrial design. Some pages will leave you wistful for masterpieces that have been destroyed, while other hidden gems highlighted in it will have you adding them to your architecture bucket list."--Daily Beast
"A large, opulent, and zestful volume."--Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Bruegmann's book, which spans the period from 1910 to 1950 and includes a collection of scholarly essays, focuses as much on architecture as design."--Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune
"Through five scholarly essays and 101 notable objects and buildings, Art Deco Chicago reevaluates art deco's and Chicago's cultural and economic contributions to the United States during the Machine Age."--Sammy Dalati, Magazine Antiques