Author:Donald Albrecht
Publisher:Abrams
Date:November 2012
Dimensions:12.3 x 10.3 x 1.3 in.
Format:Hardcover
Pages:400
ISBN:9781419702990

Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

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Norman Bel Geddes Designs America accompanies a landmark 2012 exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center 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.

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