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The 1930s: The Birth of Modernism

Presenter Jacques Caussin takes you through the origins and guiding principles of 20th Century Industrial Design, the roots of modernism. $12 (1 hr)

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The fervor for Modern Design has reached fever pitch as it has swept the globe but Jacques Caussin takes us to its early beginning to explore the roots of modernism. Modern always means up-to-date, current, even sometimes: what’s next? What part of “up-to-date” applies when the designers who created these pieces are long gone? Caussin explains the birth and the guiding principles of 20th Century Industrial Design when they were forged in the late 20s. The migration of people and ideas from Europe had formative and positive influence on American culture while the Great Depression did the rest. He also introduces the main players and their now iconic designs. 

Jacques Caussin is a Palm Springs resident and retired vintage design dealer. He specialized in 1930s American Industrial Design, having owned a prominent gallery in Soho/NYC in the late 80s. He founded the Miami Modernism Show in the mid-90s and initiated the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale in 2001. He is a co-founder of Modernism Week and served as board chair for 5 years.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.

The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Kem Weber, designer. Lounge Chair. 1934, Gilbert Rohde clocks, NBC Radio City Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA c 1940 John C.W. Austin, architect, P. Jeanneret 1925 Esprit Nouveau Pavilion, Interior, John Waring Carpenter, Magazine Rack, for the McKay Company, Pittsburgh, 1933, American Streamline Design


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