Cincinnati Museum of Art Recreates 1930s Art Deco Bedroom in New Exhibit | Visual arts | Cincinnati

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Photo: Alvina Lenke Studios. Colorization based on recent research and added by Light Work, Syracuse, New York, 2020.

Joseph Urban (American, born Austria, 1872 -1933), “Room for Elaine Wormser (detail)”, Chicago, 1930

Step back in time at the Cincinnati Art Museum by visiting a completely recreated Art Deco room.

In the new exhibitionUnlock an Art Deco bedroom by Joseph Urbanwhich opens July 8, guests can explore 17-year-old Elaine Wormser’s bedroom, recreated by architect and set designer Joseph Urban and originally located in Chicago’s Drake Tower.

“More than 90 years after its completion, the Wormser Chamber furnishings have been fully preserved and displayed to reflect their condition as originally installed in Chicago’s Drake Tower and photographed in 1930,” a CAM statement read. . “When Elaine Wormser Reis moved to Cincinnati in 1936, she brought almost her entire bedroom with her, including the custom carpeting.”

Wormser donated the room to CAM in 1973 and it remains the largest collection of “urban design furniture held by a public institution”, according to the museum.

This will be the first time the chamber will be on public display.

Click to enlarge Joseph Urban (American, born in Austria, 1872 -1933), "Bedroom for Elaine Wormser - (detail)," Chicago, 1930s - PICTURED: ALVINA LENKE STUDIOS.  COLORIZATION BASED ON RECENT RESEARCH AND ADDED BY LIGHT WORK, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, 2020.

Photo: Alvina Lenke Studios. Colorization based on recent research and added by Light Work, Syracuse, New York, 2020.

Joseph Urban (American, born Austria, 1872 -1933), “Bedroom for Elaine Wormser (detail)”, Chicago, 1930

The room is described as “lavish”, with black glass walls, a reflective ceiling and “a bold combination of colors and patterns”, according to CAM.

Austrian-born Urban, who has also designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera, Ziegfeld Follies and Hollywood films, among other projects, brings a sense of drama to the room, which, in photos, features chartreuse bedding and curtains , intricately patterned carpeting and coordinated furnishings. . CAM says it mixes a touch of Vienna with Art Deco.

In addition to the room, the exhibit will include drawings, paintings, fashion and more, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the construction and preservation of the Wormser Chamber.

“For decades, our understanding of the piece was based on black and white photographs, which fail to showcase Urban’s virtuoso combinations of color, pattern and finish,” says Amy Miller Dehan, CAM curator of the decorative arts and design. Hall reconstruction process was a revelation. This exhibit reveals Urban’s boundless talent and contributions to the development of American modernism as well as the bold message that women like Elaine Wormser projected by choosing avant-garde style over retrograde historical fashions.

Unlock an Art Deco bedroom by Joseph Urban July 8-Oct. 2. Tickets are $12, with free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. and also during Art After Dar on June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30.

For more information, visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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