Modernism takes center stage at 20th Century Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Fans of Modernist art, furnishings, fashion, and architecture will converge in the Queen City Feb. 24-25 for the city’s annual 20th Century Cincinnati show and sale.

The retrospective of vintage modern design will return to the Sharonville Convention Center. A lineup of 70 regional and national dealers will be present. Many of the past century’s signature designers and artists are present, in their works. Furthermore, the authentic Art Deco, Streamline, Machine Age, Mid-Century Modern, and Op/Pop era objects that fill the hall ensure this.

20th Century Cincinnati Touts Diverse Selection

Designer mid-mod furniture

Booth displays at 20th Century Cincinnati are often like a visible textbook of important modern designers, including George Nelson (bench), Eames (black lounge chair) and Harry Bertoia (yellow Diamond chairs). (Photos courtesy 20th Century Cincinnati)

Now in its third decade, 20th Century Cincinnati’s reputation is about variety. The wide selection of vintage furniture and lighting on offer at the show is incomparable. Furthermore, the show’s exhibitors also offer an assortment of decorative accessories such as paintings, sculptures, posters, art glass, pottery, dinnerware, textiles, and pop culture memorabilia.

In addition, a popular fashion element is included with several jewelry, clothing and apparel dealers completing the mix. While some displays cater to advanced collectors by featuring the work of the era’s most important artists, designers, and manufacturers, other dealers offer a variety of lesser pedigreed materials at attractive prices meant to appeal to any budget.

In addition, a special guest of this year’s show is the Blenko Glass Company. The company will present the exhibit “American Handcraft in the Modern Age.” Furthermore, the display will include historical artifacts, a display of vintage works, and contemporary creations for sale. Although the company had been creating hand blown glass since 1893, it is the mid-century period examples that have become a staple in the homes of vintage modern collectors.

Participating Details

An exclusive two-hour Java Preview will kick-off 20th Century Cincinnati activities at 9 a.m. Saturday. Advance tickets are $25 and may be acquired online, by phone, or mail.  In addition, preview tickets will also be available at the door Saturday morning for $30. Also, the tickets include the early shopping period, complimentary coffee/juice bar, and a full-weekend pass.

In conclusion, regular show hours  are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Adult admission is $8. Passes are good for both days. In addition, the Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off I-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15).

Finally, for more information, visit www.20thcenturycincinnati.com or call 513-738-7256.

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