Instant Symposium: The Kitchen Debate, 50 years later

Editorial Staff

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s infamous Kitchen Debate at the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow. Their clash of ideologies played out among a series of show rooms—including a model kitchen by General Electric—and was broadcast worldwide, quickly becoming a seminal moment in the history of the Cold War. We asked …

Kem Weber and the rise of modern design in Southern California

Editorial Staff

May 2009 | In the fall of 1926 Barker Brothers, then the largest furniture retailer in the United States, opened a striking new shop on the fourth floor of its eleven-story building in downtown Los Angeles. The new “store-within-a-store,” christened “Modes and Manners,” was the brainchild of the young designer Kem Weber (Fig. 2). It was not only the first …

Documentary glimpse at Eileen Gray

Editorial Staff

As part of women’s history month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing the documentary, Eileen Gray – Invitation to a Voyage (2006),  tomorrow (March 26, 2 pm). Directed by Jörg Bundshul, Invitation to a Voyage was included last year in the 26th Montreal International Festival of Films (FIFA) series on art. In the film, Bundshul gives a profile of …

Dealer Profile: James Elkind

In 1979 a Barnard College student named Grace Gold was walking down Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side when she was struck and killed by a falling piece of a terracotta window lintel that had broken loose from the Regnor, a sixty-seven-year-old apartment house. The next year, in reaction to Gold’s death, New York City passed Local Law 10 requiring …

Seeing through modernism at Corning

Editorial Staff

January 2009 | Strolling into the modern glass gallery of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, where the display cases with pieces from 1880 to 1960 are arranged in chronological order, the aficionado of modernism feels comfortable moving quickly past the vitrines of ornate, sinuous wares from the art nouveau period. But there, sharing shelf space with …