CINCINNATI:  Fans of Modernist art, furnishings, fashion, and architecture will converge in the Queen City on the weekend of February 24 and 25, 2018 for the city’s annual 20th Century Cincinnati show and sale. The retrospective of vintage modern design will return to the Sharonville Convention Center with a line-up of 70 regional and national dealers. Many of the past century’s signature designers and artists will be represented in the authentic Art Deco, Streamline, Machine Age, Mid-Century Modern, and Op/Pop era treasures that will fill the exhibit hall.

Now in its third decade, 20th Century Cincinnati’s reputation has been built on a wide selection of vintage furniture and lighting. The show’s exhibitors also offer an impressive assortment of decorative accessories such as paintings, sculptures, posters, art glass, pottery, dinnerware, textiles, and pop culture memorabilia. A popular fashion element is included with several outstanding jewelry, clothing and apparel dealers completing the mix. While some displays cater to advanced collectors by featuring the work of the era’s most important artists, designers, and manufacturers, other dealers offer a variety of lesser pedigreed materials at attractive prices meant to appeal to any budget. Consequently, hardly anyone leaves 20th Century Cincinnati empty handed. With all merchandise “guaranteed as represented,” every patron can buy with confidence.

20th Century Cincinnati will present West Virginia’s Blenko Glass Company as its 2018 Special Guest. Their exhibit “American Handcraft in the Modern Age” will include historical artifacts, a display of vintage works, and contemporary creations for sale. Under the direction of their mid-20th century designers (most notably Winslow Anderson, Wayne Husted, and Joel Meyers), Blenko’s production largely reflected the color and form trends of the post-war period. Although the company had been creating hand blown glass since 1893, it is these mid-century period examples that have become a staple in the homes of vintage modern collectors.

An exclusive two-hour Java Preview will kick-off 20th Century Cincinnati activities at 9:00 A.M. Saturday. Advance tickets are $25 and may be acquired online, by phone, or mail.  Preview tickets at the door on Saturday morning are $30. The tickets include the early shopping period, complimentary coffee/juice bar, and a full-weekend pass.

Regular show hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Adult admission is $8.00. Passes 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 or from manager Bruce Metzger at 513.738.7256.

Photos from the 2017 show, a photo description guide, and this press release as a Word document are available at the following Dropbox link:

vintage modern design returns to SCC – February 24 & 25, 2018