Designed Life, a: Contemporary American Textiles, Wallpapers and Containers & Packages, 1951-1954
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This revelatory volume recovers and presents the history of three exhibitions organised by the US State Department’s Traveling Exhibition Service almost 70 years ago: Contemporary American Textiles. By joining consumer choice with political choice, these exhibitions tried to convince West Germans and other Europeans that the United States, its system of government and its capitalist values offered more and better lifestyle choices than those of the Soviet bloc. This book is both an exhibition catalogue and a reader. It restores the spirit of these three exhibitions to the public memory and challenges the idea that design has little political purpose.
ISBN 9780960088508. Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC.