The role of Jewish architects and patrons in the evolution of the Modern Movement, has occupied scholars for a while. Now, the the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco opens an exhibition by design curatore Donald Albrechet entitled "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism." It surveys the contribution of native-born artists and émigrés to American visual culture after fleeing Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in the 1930s.
The exhibition will underscore that these designers, individually talented as they were, did not work in isolation, and that their impact on American architecture and design was rooted in the networks they forged, influential schools and artist colonies they helped found, museum initiatives they shaped, and corporations they modernized with new products, buildings, and advertising campaigns, focusing on six design hubs across the United States. Those were critical in the dissemination of Modernist design principals from the 1930s to 1950s: MoMA; Black Mountain College, North Carolina; The Institute of Design, Chicago; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; California Art and Architecture Magazine, Los Angeles; and Pond Farm Workshop, Guerneville, California. T