Here’s what’s coming up this month:
|Weekly on Fri | 6–6:45pm
Learn more about The Wolfsonian and related art and design themes during a 45-minute free guided tour of the building, collection, or exhibitions. New guides bring different perspectives each week!
|ONGOING EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS
Through Apr 29, 2018
Klinger’s artistic reputation was built on the strength and range of his designs, which often shared a signature style characterized by graphic simplicity and directness—whether in the form of illustrations, graphic ornament, or his most famous posters. An advocate of “Americanismus,” and the progressive attitudes towards modern business and media coming from across the Atlantic, he understood the power of modern trademarks and logos to give identity to major businesses and manufacturers, and was a leading figure in shaping the look of major brands. Through Klinger’s life and examples of his work drawn from The Wolfsonian’s collection, this exhibition explores issues of identity—personal, corporate, and national—as well as the impact of cultural displacement on the history of design, and the role of commercial art in the modern city.
Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age is presented in tandem with Double Vision, a contemporary installation by Austrian design studio Seite Zwei of Klinger-inspired typefaces, graphics, and colors. The exhibition is made possible by Dr. David and Linda Frankel and Funding Arts Network, Inc., while an accompanying book is supported by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
Through Apr 1, 2018
Double Vision is presented in tandem with Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age and made possible by Dr. David and Linda Frankel and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
Through Apr 1, 2018
Selling the Golden Leaf reveals how early twentieth-century tobacco companies pitched their products through association with tropical landscapes, colonial adventures, and non-Western peoples. The installation, drawn from The Wolfsonian–FIU Library’s collection, includes advertisements, labels, and books that relied on colorful, eye-catching images made possible by the advent of new printing technologies at the end of the nineteenth century. These materials often associate the product with the places where the plant was grown—by alluding to exotic environments with palm trees, volcanoes, and indigenous people, or by showing Europeans learning about tobacco from American Indians.
Ceramics can be held in our hands, decorate our homes, or be incorporated into the built environment around us. They are objects of both utility and ornament, articles of industry and commerce, and even vehicles of political persuasion. To achieve these aesthetic and practical goals, designers and artists have to adapt the inherent material qualities of different kinds of clay. This array of ceramics created in the first half of the twentieth century encompasses the expressive and functional potential of earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, and illustrates the varied design and production processes employed to make finished works. Material and Meaning is curated by Tori Arpad-Cotta, associate professor, Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University.
During the 1930s, American artists covered the walls of public buildings all across the country with murals meant to showcase the nation’s ideals and lift the country out of the Great Depression. Here at The Wolfsonian, preparatory painting, drawings, and mosaics for these murals (some ultimately realized, others never executed) reveal how artists reckoned with the nature of the United States as a racially diverse nation, reflecting the contentious and unsettled state of early twentieth-century race relations through their representations of blacks, whites, American Indians, and Asian immigrants—the melting pot of America.
These galleries provide an overview of the museum’s holdings of American and European artifacts from 1850 to 1950. Culled from The Wolfsonian collection are approximately three hundred works in a variety of formats, ranging from books, posters, and postcards to decorative arts, architectural models, paintings, and sculptures. Focal points include design reform movements, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, world’s fairs, advertising, and political propaganda. Inaugurated in November 1996, this ongoing exhibition is periodically updated.
The Wolfsonian is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Call 305-531-1001 for more info.