CINCINNATI — The Sharonville Convention Center will once again host the annual 20th Century Cincinnati modern design retrospective, Feb. 20-21, 2016. An expanded lineup of 70 regional and national dealers will present authentic vintage modernist materials from the period – including many from the century’s foremost artists, architects and designers.
This year, 20th Century Cincinnati celebrates the avant-garde art, furnishings, architecture and fashions of the 1920s through 1970s. Formally defined as “modern” by academics in the early 1900s, these innovative design trends came to include the styles that characterized the century: Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Streamline, Machine Age, Mid-Century Modern and the Pop Art eras.
The show’s reputation is firmly rooted in diverse selection of authentic vintage furniture and lighting. Show exhibitors also offer period decorative accessories such as paintings, sculptures, posters, art glass, pottery, dinnerware and textiles. Several top-shelf clothing, jewelry and apparel dealers contribute an important fashion element to the mix.
Artist Wendy Schultz Wubbels is the show’s 2016 Special Guest. A highly respected practitioner of the traditional 18th century art of silhouette portraiture, Wubbels has more recently adapted her skills to recreating mid-century modern design icons and scenes entirely cut from paper.
A two-hour show preview will kick off 20th Century Cincinnati activities at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Preview admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Preview passes include the exclusive shopping period, complimentary refreshments and a full-weekend pass.
Regular show hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Adult admission is $8 and is good for both days. The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road, just off I-75, at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15).
For more information, visit www.20thcenturycincinnati.com or call manager Bruce Metzger at 513-738-7256.