The American Style

Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis

June 14 - October 30, 2011

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    A new look at New York’s role in reinventing an enduring style

    The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis brings together rare furniture, decorative objects, and photographs to survey, in New York City and beyond, the Colonial Revival movement in the realms of architecture and design. The exhibition covers the period from the 1890s to the present, focusing on the years from 1900 to the 1930s, when New York City, as exemplified in department stores, museums, and more, was the nationwide epicenter of the movement.

    A beautifully illustrated companion book, written by the co-curators, is co-published by the Museum and the Monacelli Press.

    The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America.


    According to the New York Times, The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis is "one of the achievements of the illuminating exhibition is that it helps make the invisible visible."


    The American Style Sponsors

    The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:

    Taconic Builders
    Jenny and John Paulson
    Bodman Foundation New York Design Center—James P. Druckman
    Benjamin Moore & Co.
    The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trust
    Gregory K. and Susan R. Palm
    Victoria Baum and Hank Bjorklund
    Jamie Drake
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
    Elisha-Bolton Foundation
    Robert G. Goelet
    The Felicia Fund
    Mottahedeh & Co.
    Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo
    Laura Lofaro Freeman and James L. Freeman
    Gil Schafer III
    The Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation on behalf of Lloyd P. Zuckerberg
    Robert and Encarnita Quinlan
    Helen Chin
    Lee Gelber
    Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Goldfrank III
    Richard H. Jenrette
    Martin J. McLaughlin
    Janet C. Ross
    Janet Schlesinger
    And other generous donors; including those who supported an event at the Museum on February 3, 2011, sponsored by the New York Design Center.

    House Beautiful is the media sponsor of the exhibition.

    The accompanying publication is made possible by:

    Gerry Charitable Trust
    Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
    Furthermore: A Program of the Kaplan Fund
    New York State Council on the Arts

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