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What is Art Deco?

To aid in understanding the movement, ADSNY has created materials to help you explore the 1920s and 30s, the origins and influences of the Art Deco style, a timeline, and more! Here we offer you expert definitions of Art Deco in addition to engaging articles to help you better understand the unique architecture, design, and culture of the 1920s and 30s. Click on any image to learn more.

Defining Art Deco

Although the question seems simple, historians have not been able to agree upon a single, definitive answer. Since ADSNY's founding, we have asked historians to share their unique definition of Art Deco.

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1920s & 30s Architecture

These articles by various architectural historians, architects, and preservationists give insight into the unique architectural style of the 1920s and 30s in New York City and in other Deco cities around the world.

Art Deco & Early Modern Design

The shift to modern design left no aspect of life untouched! Here we explore the many aspects of Art Deco and early modern decorative arts and design including design of interiors, fashion, graphics, and more!

Interwar Culture

Whether you are looking into the Roaring 20s, Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, or the Machine Age there are countless developments that fostered the unique culture of the1920s and 30s.

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Art Deco Book List

This constantly expanding book list includes valuable resources for those interested in learning more about Art Deco in New York and around the world. With the wide range of topics, there is something for everyone!

Videos of Interest

ADSNY has included videos of previous programs as well as a list of videos that can help you explore Art Deco architecture and design from New York and other Deco cities from around the world

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