THE JAZZ AGE: American Style in the 1920’s. Cleveland Museum of Art Show, concluded January 14, 2018
The decade of the 1920’s was a glorious age for design. After the smoke, devastation, and ruin of the Great War of 1914-1918, World War 1, following the post war recession of 1919-1920, the feeling and then the general mood of the time internationally, but especially in America, was one of rebirth, a re-invention fueled by increasing economic prosperity. This was a youth movement of innovation and audacity discarding the old prewar order, initially tempered by the newly imposed, but later flaunted, “Prohibition”. With the map of the world redrawn, with the re-organization and redrawing of European borders, with social mores redefined to a new 1920’s reality, cross pollinating design influences in all spheres of art, music, clothing, jewelry, and even auto design in Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, and across the sea in the United States emerged. There was a cultural hunger for the new and different, the not traditional, likely more driven than the current era.
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