“The Total Absence of Foreign Subjects”: The Racial Politics of US Interwar Exhibitions of Scandinavian Design

  title={“The Total Absence of Foreign Subjects”: The Racial Politics of US Interwar Exhibitions of Scandinavian Design},
  author={Erin C. Leary},
  journal={Design and Culture},
  pages={283 - 312}
Abstract Typically viewed as a postwar trend in home furnishings, Scandinavian design, then classified as “art”, gained a following in the United States between the First and Second World Wars. It melded traditional and modern aesthetics, and was viewed by curators, critics, and audiences as familiar, and even “native” to the United States. This article contends that keywords in the promotion of Scandinavian design, namely “democratic”, “craft”, and “traditional”, reflected concurrent cultural… Expand
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