NYC HOSTS DECO CONGRESS, MELBOURNE NEXT
Every two years, Art Deco devotees choose a location renowned for its Art Deco heritage and gather to discuss preservation issues and socialize. This year, the meeting convenes in May in New York City.
Unofficially, this year’s theme was reported to be New York – The Art Deco Capital of the World. The next World Congress on Art Deco, number 9, is scheduled for Melbourne, Australia in 2007.
Delegates to the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) decide in New York where the locations will be after 2007.
Miami Beach, which held the first World Congress on Art Deco in 1991, and Cuba, both have shown interest in hosting the World Congress in 2009. Montreal, Canada, has made a formal request in writing to ICADS to be considered for 2009. The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) plays host to the 8th World Congress on Art Deco during New York Art Deco Week. In addition, a series
of pre-Congress programs in Washington, D.C. was put together by the Art Deco Society of Washington. In New York, several hundred Congress registrants from all over the world signed up to attend the Congress and attend a 3-day symposium at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, located in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
Also planned were guided walking and bus tours, including a chance to explore extraordinary Art Deco landmarks of Wall Street in Lower Manhattan with tour guide Tony Robins.
Attendees were to have rare access to normally closed Art Deco interiors at Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, and access to interior areas featuring great works of art.
Visits to galleries and museums, along with social events, were to round out the week. Bus Tours were planned to Manitoga, a private Art Deco mansion, and the only Art Deco amusement park in the world!Tours were also planned to the Bronx and nearby Newark, N.J., where examples of Art Deco, WPA art, and preservation challenges abound.
The Wall Street tour was to include a rare visit to a pre-crash skyscraper featuring stunning mosaics. A night of live jazz in a restored Harlem Art Deco nightclub was also planned. A gala dinner offers a night of celebration, fellowship, festive attire, and fun.
Surprise entertainment, dealer open houses, celebrity appearances, and the camaraderie of hundreds of Deco lovers set the stage for a memorable week.
New York City abounds with a wide range of expressions of the Art Deco architecture and style and has much to offer enthusiasts. Contact the Art Deco Society of New York at 212- 679-DECO, by e-mail to: GlenLeiner@AOL.com, or through its web site at www.artdeco.org.
MELBOURNE READIES FOR '07 CONGRESS
According to the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, the Art Deco Society Inc., Victoria, Australia, has begun strategic planning for hosting the 2007 World Congress on Art Deco.
Its web site is www.artdeco.org.au. The Society was formed in 1992 and has a membership of some 550.
Members are located in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, ACT, Western Australia, Queensland, New Zealand, China, Germany and the U.S.
Its journal, Spirit of Progress, is published quarterly. Other publications include a Guide to Art Deco Renovating, and various walking tour booklets. The Society conducts walking tours, bus tours, presentations by experts and show-and-tell.
It maintains records of buildings in Victoria and of architects from the Interwar era. A major activity is advice to renovators of Art Deco properties; sourcing materials, service providers, and finishes.
Its preservation activities have included the retention of large Streamline Moderne buildings on the city fringe and fighting for retention of a Streamline Moderne hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. The Society is affiliated with the National Trust, and the Cinema & Theatre Historical Society.