America in the 1950s was at a crossroads, caught between
technology and tradition. At the same time that it was
looking ahead to the promise of "better living through
chemistry," it was also looking behind, with nostalgia,
to a distant past.
Home decorative fabrics of the era reflected this
duality. Printed textiles included images of modern art
and science, like mobiles and Sputniks, along with Old
West motifs, and the folk paintings of Grandma Moses.
Often, these radically different designs were used
together: boomerang drapes in the living room, with
cowboy curtains in the den. The former symbolized a faith
in speed and science, the latter a yearning for a
slower-paced home on the range.
The exhibit explores these opposing trends, as well as
the influence of popular culture on this art for the
masses. Decorative objects from the period complement the
fabrics, which are from the collection of Michele Palmer,
who curated the exhibit.
For more information, go to: http://www.fabricmuseum.org/