New York School of Interior Design and Sotheby's Institute of Art will co-sponsor a panel discussion "What Modern Is: True Stories of Midcentury Design" at 6PM on March 4th, 2011.
This free program presents the story behind the revival of midcentury furniture and industrial art as told by the key people who made it happen. It previews the Sotheby's exhibition and March 10th sale of objects from the Mark McDonald collection. The panel discussion will feature pioneering dealer Mark McDonald, founder of Fifth/50, probably the country's first gallery of midcentury design; collector John Waddell, whose acquisitions of iconic works are the centerpiece of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 20th century design galleries; Sotheby's SVP and Director of 20th Century Design James Zemaitis, whose deftly-curated sales have helped to develop a broad and enthusiastic market for American midcentury decorative arts, and curator Barry Harwood who oversees the Brooklyn Museum's highly regarded Decorative Arts holdings. The program is moderated by author and NYSID faculty member Judith Gura.
Audience members will receive a Mark McDonald Collection catalog. Space is limited. Please RSVP at rsvp at nysid.edu or 212.472.1500, ext. 405. The venue is NYSID's Arthur King Satz Auditorium at 170 East 70th Street.