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‘Cold War Transnational Design: Russel Wright and “Asian Modern”’

Kikuchi, Yuko (2015) ‘Cold War Transnational Design: Russel Wright and “Asian Modern”’. In: Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History, 16-17 October 2015, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th St & F ST NW, Washington DC.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Kikuchi, Yuko
Description:

Russel Wright was an American designer who promoted American Modern design and the Good Design movement from the 1930s through the 1950s. While he is well known in the American design context, his involvement in promoting the idea of “Asian Modern” design in the postwar period through the U.S. foreign aid program in Asia is little known. My presentation introduces Wright’s design interventions in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s, and argues that Asia played an important role in Cold War cultural diplomacy and in defining a modern American design identity. The paper aims to enhance our understanding of the interdependence and entanglement of American and Asian design developments during the Cold War period, with a particular focus on the idea and style of Asian Modern.

Invited speaker presenting a paper for ‘Shifting the Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History’ symposium organised by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Terra Foundation.

Official Website: http://americanart.si.edu/research/symposia/2015/terra/
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Webcast: presentation is in session 3, starting minute 47:30.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 16 October 2015
Event Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th St & F ST NW, Washington DC
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 09:17
Item ID: 11750
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/11750

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