The American Style

Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis

June 14 - October 30, 2011

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A new look at New York’s role in reinventing an enduring style.

The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis brings together rare furniture, decorative objects, and photographs to survey, in New York City and beyond, the Colonial Revival movement in the realms of architecture and design. The exhibition covers the period from the 1890s to the present, focusing on the years from 1900 to the 1930s, when New York City, as exemplified in department stores, museums, and more, was the nationwide epicenter of the movement.

A beautifully illustrated companion book, written by the co-curators, is co-published by the Museum and the Monacelli Press.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America.


According to the New York Times, The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis is "one of the achievements of the illuminating exhibition is that it helps make the invisible visible."


The American Style Sponsors

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:

Taconic Builders
Jenny and John Paulson
Bodman Foundation New York Design Center—James P. Druckman
Benjamin Moore & Co.
The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trust
Gregory K. and Susan R. Palm
Victoria Baum and Hank Bjorklund
Jamie Drake
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Elisha-Bolton Foundation
Robert G. Goelet
The Felicia Fund
Mottahedeh & Co.
Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo
Laura Lofaro Freeman and James L. Freeman
Gil Schafer III
The Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation on behalf of Lloyd P. Zuckerberg
Robert and Encarnita Quinlan
Helen Chin
Lee Gelber
Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Goldfrank III
Richard H. Jenrette
Martin J. McLaughlin
Janet C. Ross
Janet Schlesinger
And other generous donors; including those who supported an event at the Museum on February 3, 2011, sponsored by the New York Design Center.

House Beautiful is the media sponsor of the exhibition.

The accompanying publication is made possible by:

Gerry Charitable Trust
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Furthermore: A Program of the Kaplan Fund
New York State Council on the Arts

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