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selling design: 27 chicago designers. 1936-1991.

21 October 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 17 February 2017 @ 5:00 pm CDT


the exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the founding of the 27 chicago designers.

in 1936, the 27 chicago designers organization was founded as a primary marketing tool for a very young profession and its local pioneers. for 55 years the 27 chicago designers made a significant contribution in shaping and influencing not only chicago design but design in the usa as well.

the exhibition focuses on the founders and charts the development of a collaborative approach to design. highlighted is the incorporation of modernist and experimental materials and practices into commercial design culture. inherent in the theme is the promotion of chicago as a center for progressive design and advertising.

launch party 21 october 2016 / 6pm


University of Illinois at Chicago Special Collections, Richard J. Daley Library
801 South Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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