Looking forward to the exhibition “I have seen the Future,” open in November at the Museum of the City of New York. It tells the story of Norman Bel Geddes, the star designer of interwar America, named in the NY Times “the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century.” A visionary renaissance man, Bel Geddes sought to shape American national image as a leader into the future, and in this mission, streamlining was his language; it was perceived as reflecting an optimistic vision of the future.
He will be remembered forever for his Futurama exhibition at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. Bel Geddes was a stage designer, director, producer, theater architect, industrial designer, producer of model photography, and author. His daughter, actress Barbara Bel Geddes is remembered as Miss Ellie Ewing in the TV series “Dallas.”