Washington Modernism Show June 21-22 Aims to be “Bigger and Better Than Ever”

The Art Deco Society of Washington will mark the 25th anniversary of its Modernism show on June 21-22, 2008, promising that the show will, as Cliff Friend’s 1929 song goes,  be “Bigger and Better Than Ever.”  Before joining forces with Pappabello Show Management and the Arlington Kiwanis to launch the first Northern Virginia Antiques & Modernism Show in 2007, the Society ran its own Modernism show—the Exposition of the Decorative Arts—for 23 years. The show is the major source of funding for ADSW’s preservation and education programs.

In 2007, ADSW’s “Expo” was combined with a long-running general antiques show managed by Pappabello Show Management and benefitting the Arlington, Virginia Kiwanis. Under the agreement with Pappabello and the Kiwanis, ADSW’s Modernism show maintained its identity, essentially forming a show within a show as Modernism dealers were grouped together in the center of the show floor. Attendance at the combined show more than tripled and many dealers—both Modernism and general antiques—reported strong sales despite the general downturn in antique shows.

The 2nd Annual Northern Virginia Antiques & Modernism Show will be held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington, Virginia. Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more show information, or to buy a discounted ticket, visit www.adsw.org or phone (202) 298-1100.

Ample free parking is available near the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. On Saturday, a free shuttle will operate from the Virginia Square Metro Station on the Orange line. The shuttle will operate on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also METRO bus service to the location.

Combining two long-running attracted more attendees. Pappabello, ADSW, and the Kiwanis worked together to make some improvements to the show for your show-going pleasure, including an onsite ATM cash machine and credit card processing. A new caterer with extensive show experience in handling large crowds was hired to improve food service.

The Art Deco Society focused on expanding the number of Modernism dealers. Art Deco Society members crave period fashions but, in 2007, only one dealer offered vintage clothing. This year, at least four dealers will have vintage clothing and accessories. Lisa Victoria Vintage (New York), GiltyLily by Lori Haddad (Massachusetts), and Kathleen Cassedy (Virginia) join the show.

In addition to vintage clothing and accessories, participating Modernism dealers will offer a wide range of collectibles for every taste and in every price range–jewelry, watches, World’s Fair, clocks, radios, furniture, graphic arts, chrome, silver, ceramics, glass, lighting, bronzes and much more.

Among the Modernism dealers joining the show this year are Deco Haus (New Jersey), L’Iris Bleu (Paris, France), Skyscraper (New York), Auerbach & Maffia (Pennsylvania), Metropolitan Interiors (Washington, D.C.), Spencer Weisz Gallery (Illinois), Just About Modern (Florida), Antique Underground (New York),  Modern for All (Virginia), and Charley Harper Studio (Ohio).  Add this to a cadre of returning dealers and the show promises selection that is bigger and better than ever. Many of the returning dealers, such as Deco Doug (Michigan), John Ribar (New York), Try to Remember (Maryland), and Past Pleasures (Virginia) have been with the show for more than 15 years.

For many of the dealers exhibiting at the Northern Virginia Antiques & Modernism Show, this will be their only show in the mid-Atlantic region. These include:

Charley Harper Studio exhibiting the Modernist Art of the late Charlie Harper. Known for his wildlife drawings, Harper frequently created cover art for Ford Times magazine.

Spencer Weisz Gallery exhibiting original European posters including turn-of-the-century stone lithographs.

Antique Undergound exhibiting important works by Waylande Gregory, a sculptor known for works ranging from early designs for Cowan Pottery to the monumental fountains at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Just About Modern, returning to the Washington area for the first time in several years. Co-owner Jim Medeiros ran the Art Deco Society show for several years in the 1990s before moving to Massachusetts and, more recently, to Florida.

L’Iris Bleu exhibiting French Art Deco clocks, cocktail shakers, smoking accessories, and table accessories.

A guide to participating Modernism dealers will be available at the show and posted at www.adsw.org.

In addition to Modernism, the Northern Virginia Antiques & Modernism Show features over 100 general antiques dealers. There’s something for every taste in this impressive show. Admission is $7, $6 with advance reservations. Reserve online at www.adsw.org and pay for them at the show’s will-call desk.
The Reverie Jazz Trio (Amy Kean, Terrance Kean, and Dave Tucker) will set the mood for Saturday shoppers, playing early jazz standards. A group organized by the Kiwanis will play Sunday.