CINCINNATI: The Sharonville Convention Center will once again become ground zero for modern design enthusiasts when the annual 20th Century Cincinnati retrospective returns for the weekend of February 25 and 26, 2017. Now in its third decade, this show and sale brings collectors, design professionals, and home decorators from all over the U.S. to the Queen City for what many consider to be the region’s most unique consumer show.
20th Century Cincinnati’s seventy national and regional dealers all focus on the distinctive avant garde art and design trends of the past century that are collectively referred to as “modernism.” The term first appeared in the early 1900’s and has now come to include the Art Deco, Streamline, Machine Age, Mid-Century Modern, Pop Art, and Post-Modern periods.
Besides offering a fantastic selection of vintage furnishings and lighting, 20th Century Cincinnati’s exhibitors also display an impressive array of period decorative accessories such as paintings, sculptures, posters, art glass, metalwork, pottery, dinnerware and textiles. The show’s popular fashion element includes several top-shelf jewelry dealers complimented by clothing and apparel specialists who cater to the fans of wearable styles from the period. Nostalgic pop culture memorabilia rounds out a showroom floor that is playful but also a serious study of the era’s most important artists, designers, and architects.
Cincinnati’s non-profit modern design forum cf3 will present the 2017 20th Century Cincinnati Special Exhibit. “drafted + crafted: iconic Cincinnati MCM homes” will explore several of the city’s mid-century builders and architects through original hand-drawn blueprints and drawings of six different area homes. Both period and contemporary photos will help reveal the Queen City’s outstanding, yet often endangered, 20th century modernist architectural treasures. cf3’s past efforts to document and preserve modernist structures have included homes designed by such international stars as Frank Lloyd Wright and
George Nelson as well as dwellings by Cincinnati’s own Abe & Ben Dombar, Woodie Garber, Ray Roush and Carl Strauss.
20th Century Cincinnati activities kick-off with a two-hour preview on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Preview admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Preview passes include the exclusive shopping period, a complimentary coffee and juice bar, and a full-weekend pass. Advance tickets are available by mail, phone or by link at the event’s website.
Regular show hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Adult admission is $8.00. Tickets are available at the door and are good for both days.
The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off I-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15). Detailed directions, area lodging, exhibitor links and other event details are available at 20thcenturycincinnati.com or from manager Bruce Metzger at 513.738.7256.
High resolution photos, photo descriptions, and this press release as a Word document are located at this Dropbox location.