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Norman Bel Geddes

American, 1893–1958

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Norman Bel Geddes

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American, 1893–1958

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Dubbed the “the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century,” Norman Bel Geddes was America’s premier designer between the first and second world wars, known for his sleek commercial objects and stalwart commitment to envisioning a brighter future. With his New York design studio, he contributed to developments in automobile aerodynamics and brought Art Deco into the home with radios and cocktail shakers. Bel Geddes had a fantastical eye for the future, best expressed in Futurama, a massive animated model for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Futurama covered more than 35,000 square feet and envisioned a future metropolis, detailing everything from building design, moving transportation technology, and foliage. The model became an icon of the fair, wowing audiences with its vision and breakthroughs in technology, as well as testifying to the grandeur of its maker’s vision.

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Biography

Dubbed the “the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century,” Norman Bel Geddes was America’s premier designer between the first and second world wars, known for his sleek commercial objects and stalwart commitment to envisioning a brighter future. With his New York design studio, he contributed to developments in automobile aerodynamics and brought Art Deco into the home with radios and cocktail shakers. Bel Geddes had a fantastical eye for the future, best expressed in Futurama, a massive animated model for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Futurama covered more than 35,000 square feet and envisioned a future metropolis, detailing everything from building design, moving transportation technology, and foliage. The model became an icon of the fair, wowing audiences with its vision and breakthroughs in technology, as well as testifying to the grandeur of its maker’s vision.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)