Crossing on SS Normandie: Paris to New York Between the Wars
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Art Deco and Cities


Over the course of the 1920s and 30s Normandie provided a direct link from Paris to New York. This connection facilitated the diffusion of Art Deco which began in Paris at the 1925 L'Expositional Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. The new movement infiltrated all areas of art: jewelry, furniture, fashion, classic art, and most significantly, architecture. Art Deco architecture came to define New York. During the period of Art Deco's proliferation, European travelers boarded Normandie to experience the speed and modernity of New York. Simultaneously, Americans crossed the Atlantic in large numbers for the first time to experience the culture that Europe offered as well as to escape Prohibition and the stringent social atmosphere of the States during the Great Depression. This new travel prompted the publication of guidebooks for the United States, sparked the tourism industry in Europe, and made the world smaller and more accessible.


Essays

Art Deco and the Manhattan Skyline

by Alison Harmon

Why New York?
by Alison Harmon

Paris in the 1930s: Art and History
by Alison Harmon

New York Tourism: Then and Now
by Alison Harmon



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