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Twentieth-Century Industrial Design: A Selection at Philbrook

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – When --- and why, exactly --- does a toaster belong in a museum? We explore such matters on today's edition of StudioTulsa with David A. Hanks, a New York-based independent curator and scholar who will soon be a lecturing on the topic of 20th-century industrial design at a "Third Thursday" event at the Philbrook Museum of Art (on the 19th, from 5:30 till 8pm). The focal point of this event --- and of the remarks and insights that Hanks will be sharing --- is the museum's George R. Kravis II Collection of 100+ works of modern and contemporary design, which contains both striking and varied creations by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Yves Behar. Hanks is also the co-author of "American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow" (2005) --- and you can learn more about this book, and about Hanks himself, here: http://www.rizzoliusa.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9782080304995. Also, you can learn more about the Philbrook event in question at http://philbrook.org/education/public/descriptions.cfm. Finally, our program concludes with an oh-so-strange-but-true account from commentator Barry Friedman, who recently did a memorable stand-up-comic gig up in Kansas.