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Friday, 1 August 2014

How Jews Created American Modernism

'Jewish art': Detail from Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ"
When New York artist Jew Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in 1987 under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion.
How Jews Created American Modernism

Most design aficionados know the modernist greats. But what they don’t realize: They were all Jewish. A new exhibit looks at how one group of émigrés helped create an American movement.

Every fan of modernist design is probably familiar with a few big names. George Nelson, the writer, designer, and popularizer largely responsible for making Herman Miller, Inc. into the modern furniture behemoth it is today.

R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra, the trailblazing Austrian émigrés who transformed Los Angeles into a hotbed of modernist architecture.


The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Jews were responsible for basically every corporate logo. you can imagine.



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