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Art Deco Symposium: French World’s Fairs and Ocean Liners by Pascal Laurent and The Houses of Tomorrow by Keith Bringe

  • 23 May 2014
  • 6:00 PM (CDT)
  • Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 West Chicago Ave. (lecture in the Julius Lewis Auditorium and reception in the Eleanor Wood-Prince Salon)

SOLD OUT! Chicago Art Deco Society and Chicago Chapter SAH’s exploration will include a special reception afterwards in the Eleanor Wood-Prince Salon. 

The years 1931-4 marked the construction of the brilliant Art Deco Exposition Coloniale in Paris, and of Chicago’s Century of Progress International Exposition at the lakefront between 12th and 39th Streets, organized by a commission including East Coast architects Ray Hood and Paul Cret, and Chicagoans Hubert Burnham, John Holabird, and Andrew Rebori. 

Please join us for an illustrated lecture by architect Pascal Laurent, instructor of history and design at the Ecole Supérieur d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (ENSAPM) of the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He will present a slide lecture on the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale, erected in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, and its impact on architecture, industrial design and ocean liner interiors. Art Deco fans know the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne, and the spread of the style in all areas of design, with work from noted designers. The 1930-31 ocean liners “SS Atlantique” and “SS Paris” are examples. Later, the 1935 “SS Normandie” and the 1937 Paris Exposition announced a new step in the evolution of Art Deco. His slide lecture is co-sponsored by CADS and CCSAH; Mr. Laurent will discuss Art Deco’s dramatic evolution from the late 1920s to its later elaboration in the 1930s. 

Keith Bringe will also speak briefly on subsequent designs for the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, including the Houses of Tomorrow. 

Reception is to follow.

Parking: Metered parking is available on Dearborn Street, or at parking facilities nearest the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, to the north or west, i.e. between Chicago Avenue and Chestnut St. on the west side of Clark St. (also, check LaSalle St. for free parking). 

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