What Makes American Design American? Find Out Tomorrow!

amdesign.jpgIn the ideal world, historian and author Russell Flinchum would host a nightly television program about the rich heritage of American design, ensuring that names like Henry Dreyfuss, Walter Dorwin Teague, and Norman Bel Geddes don’t slip further into the recesses of national memory. Until then, you can catch Flinchum on the page, in the classroom, and delighting audiences from Manhattan to Bartlesville, Oklahoma with the occasional public lecture. Lucky for you, one such occasion is tomorrow evening at New York’s Center for Architecture, where Flinchum will deliver the annual Gil Oberfield Memorial Lecture. The talk, American Design in the MoMA Collection, will draw upon the research and visual scavenger hunt he undertook in assembling his latest book, American Design (MoMA), which takes readers from the work of the earliest machinists to the machine age, mod, and beyond. Flinchum tells us that he’ll focus on American design from the ‘twenties through the ‘sixties, using a number of rarely-seen examples from MoMA’s Architecture and Design Collection to reinforce his points about what makes American design American. Register here for the talk, which is free thanks to sponsor Gensler.