NEW YORK, NY.- Part I of a two-part exhibition, The Female Voice in Modern & Contemporary Design, 1950-2023, celebrates women’s contributions to the world of collectible design. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, women were the minority in the profession of design, struggling to express their creative voice within a male dominated territory, even when making revolutionary contributions, and when standing at the forefront of experimentation and innovation. Engaged mainly in skills traditionally considered ‘feminine’ – pottery, silversmithing, textiles – only a small percentage of furniture and lighting which came to challenge boundaries and to open the path of modern design was done by professional women designers. Furthermore, much of their work was attributed to male designers. Yet, despite the significant gender imbalance and struggle for freedom, the triumph of the significant minority, which produced provocative objects that resonate with design history, has shined throughout that era.
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