A mode of mobility
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Presses de l'Université du Québec
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Title Page, Copyright
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This book represents a major contribution to our under-standing of Art Deco, and of the muddled definitions of modernity, modernization, and Modernism. Rather than become submerged by any one theoretical position, Michael Windover deftly employs a series of analytical frames, chiefly those associated with lifestyle mobility. Thereby he both recognizes Deco’s inherent fascination with stylism while disclosing the equally fascinating preoccupation of its ...
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In the very early hours of November 26, 2008, I was awakened to the sound of my cell phone. I had just arrived in Mumbai a couple of days earlier, and after two somewhat frustrating days, I was starting to feel more comfortable and confident that I would be able to handle the challenges of researching in an environment very different from what I was accustomed to. It was my wife Rebecca on the phone asking if I was okay. That is how I learned about the terrorist attacks ...
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In a way, this book began at the Royal Ontario Museum in the fall of 2003. I was visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum’s travelling Art Deco exhibition with fellow graduate students and Bridget Elliott, our professor and my future MA supervisor, after a day of taking in Deco sites in Toronto. With the exception of a few items (notably a 1934 McLaughlin Buick Sport Coupe), there was little Canadian material in this global-reaching show. It was there where I decided to look ...
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IntroductionArt Deco at a Crossroads
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The position an epoch occupies in the historical process can be determined more strikingly from an analysis of its inconspicuous surface-level expressions than from that epoch’s judgments about itself. Since these judgments are expressions of the tendencies of a particular era, they do not offer conclusive testimony about its overall constitution. The surface-level expressions, however, by virtue of their unconscious nature, provide unmediated access to the fundamental ...
1Re-centring DecoImaging/Imagining Placeat the Marine Building
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...1Re-centring Deco Imaging/Imagining Place at the Marine BuildingIt is noticeable that every American city and town that aspires to Metropolitan importance wants to have at least one skyscraper—one that can be illustrated on a picture postcard and sent far and wide as evidence of modernity and a go-ahead spirit. Vancouver is much like stage scenery. All tinsel and glitter one side ...
2Moving GlamourLifestyle, Ensemble,and Bullock’s WilshireDepartment Store
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...2Moving GlamourLifestyle, Ensemble, and Bullock’s Wilshire Department StoreBut we, whose life lies not in worship, but in producing and buying and selling, build great stores. The attainment of Bullock’s-Wilshire of a high degree of taste, of rightness, of soundness in thinking, strongly affects the quality and taste of the merchandise shown, bought, consumed, and assimilated into the culture of a city....
3Exchanging Looks“Art Dekho”Movie Theatresin Bombay1
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Colaba Causeway was my Via Appia. Malabar and Cumballa Hills were our Capitol and Palatine, the Brabourne Stadium was our Colosseum, and as for the glittering Art Deco sweep of Marine Drive, well, that was something not even Rome could boast. I actually grew up believing Art Deco to be the “Bombay style,” a local invention, its name derived, in all probability, from the imperative of the verb “to see,” Art dekho. Lo and behold art....
4Listening To DecoSound Design in Canada
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Perhaps more than any other medium in the interwar years, radio altered public culture. It entered the home with ease as a friendly or familiar voice, troubling traditional conceptions of public and private space. This invisible medium, fuelled by an invisible source of energy, was often characterized as a form of modern...
ConclusionModern as Tomorrow’sArchitecture
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I have argued in this book that Art Deco was a mode of mobil-ity—a style that aestheticized systems of mobility which underpinned the modern societies that adopted it. Whether we think of the mobility systems of commerce and transportation icono-graphically emblazoned on the walls of the Marine Building and Bullock’s Wilshire department store, or the streamlined forms of the Eros Theatre and Deco radio cabinets, which alluded to the imaginative mobility of the ...
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Page Count: 322
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Patrimoine urbain