The Jazz Age: American style in the 1920s

Exhibition from 30 September to 14 January, 2018

In this exhibition, which was co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, the 1920s were explored through a wide array of works. Characterized by intense creativity and exciting nightlife, this decade is closely connected with the arrival of jazz, the symbol of a new era of innovation and modernity. The Cartier Collection lent 11 pieces, including works dating from the Art Deco period, as well as others using motifs from Asia and the Orient. These works illustrated American high society’s taste for modern design, which was then heavily influenced by the Art Deco style, as seen in the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs Industriels et Modernes held in Paris in 1925. Many of these jewels and accessories from the Cartier Collection, including vanity cases and cigarette cases, belonged to iconic celebrities of the era. For example, a magnificent Tutti Frutti bracelet owned by Linda Porter, wife of composer Cole Porter, was on display.

The show was first presented at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York from April 7 to August 20, 2017.



Cleveland Museum of Art - The Jazz Age



Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum - The Jazz Age