Exploring the contribution — and showcasing the work — of a remarkable group of Jewish émigré and American-born designers and architects, this exhibition examines a bold new direction in design and thought that helped create a modern domestic landscape.

See vintage furnishings, housewares, and graphic designs by Anni Albers, George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Ernest Sohn, and more than 25 other individuals who helped forge this important movement.

Tours for groups of 10 people or more can be arranged and require advance reservations by contacting groupvisits@mjhnyc.org or 646.437.4304.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism was created and organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, with guest curator Donald Albrecht. Major sponsorship for this exhibition was provided by Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Osterweis Capital Management, the Seiger Family Foundation, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation. Funding for the New York presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The David Berg Foundation, AT&T, AMERICAN DREAM at Meadowlands, and The KRE Group and HWKN. Media sponsorship generously provided by New York Spaces.

IMAGES (clockwise from top left): Ernest Sohn, made by Hall China Company for Ernest Sohn Creations, "Esquire" coffee pot set and casserole dishes, 1963. Courtesy Earl Marin. Photograph: John Halpern. Eichler model home advertisement, c. 1960. Photo courtesy of the Local History Collection, Orange Public Library, Orange, California. Henry Dreyfuss, Big Ben Alarm Clock, 1939. Photograph: Johnna Arnold. George Nelson & Associates, Irving Harper, Herman Miller, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. Courtesy of Herman Miller, Inc. Alvin Lustig, Upholstered Chair for Paramount Furniture, Los Angeles, 1949. Collection of Elaine Lustig Cohen. Photograph: John Halpern. Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert, Hanukkah Lamp, 1958. Collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of the Tobe Pascher Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 
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