Milwaukee Art Museum’s Monica Obniski: “Serious Play” and the whimsical optimism of mid-century design

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Dave Hoekstra visits with Monica Obniski, Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum; they discuss Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America an exhibit that explores the post-war trends in design that carried a sense of playfulness in corporate and interior design.  They talk about the effect of the mid-century economy on both attitudes and materials available, and one of the prime examples of the period, the Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree – a product of both its time and place of origin: the “aluminum cooking capital of the world”, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Dave takes an even deeper look at the Evergleam tree and it’s Chicago connection on his website.

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