Oct 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Jan 8, 2008 12:00 AM
LADISLAV SUTNAR: MODERN, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL
Exhibition at the Czech Center. OCTOBER 17, 2006–JANUARY 8, 2007.
MODERN, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL
From the Collection of Robert and June Leibowits
Curated by Matthew S. Witkovsky
OCTOBER 17, 2006–JANUARY 8, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, OCTOBER 17, 6 :30 PM–8:30 PM
CZECH CENTER NEW YORK
Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976), whose life was evenly divided between the Czech lands and the United States, is a leading figure in the history of modern design. From toys, posters, books, and tableware to exhibition architecture and corporate image-making, Sutnar shaped educational and consumer expectations for forty years: during the two golden decades of interwar Czechoslovakia, in the 1920s and 1930s, and in the equally transformative period, for American industry, of the 1950s and 1960s. The present exhibition of twenty-five works sketches Sutnar’s vision, which coupled universalist ideals of efficiency and accessibility to a steadfast patriotism, and to a managerial talent that sought out collaboration with the state and private enterprise.
The exhibition would not be possible without the participation of Robert and June Leibowits, whose wide-ranging collection of twentieth-century art and design perfectly matches the variety of Sutnar’s own achievements.
Matthew S. Witkovsky, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
From: Oct 17, 2007 12:00 AM
To: Jan 8, 2008 12:00 AM