Sunday, November 22, 2020 | 10–10:30am
ADMISSION: This online program is free
Join us for a special Thanksgiving edition of Sunday Stories exploring the bounty of midcentury Thanksgiving food and design. Beginning in the 1930s and 40s, émigré architects and designers assimilated into creative communities throughout the United States, forging a design movement that celebrated an eclectic blend of cultures. With the emergence of midcentury modernism in postwar America, Thanksgiving took on a new meaning, look, and flavor; and the movement's iconic design sensibilities can be witnessed to this day from New York skyscrapers to Midwestern Thanksgiving tables.
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism was the first exhibition to look at the contribution of Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants in the creation of a distinctly modern American domestic landscape. The story told in this exhibition gave remarkable insight into Jewish assimilation into American society. At the same time, Designing Home went beyond a simple exploration of physical Jewish contributions to the history of modern architecture and design—an impact that continues today—to examine broader cultural and social themes.