Designing Deco


PLEASE NOTE: Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed in an effort to contain the coronavirus. There may be shifts to our exhibition schedule.

Curated By Christopher Herron

Picture a flashy flapper drinking her way through the Roaring 20s. She’s glitzy and glamorous, but only one iconic part of the story of the lived experience during the Art Deco era (1920–1940). Kirkland Museum’s summer 2020 exhibition, Designing Deco, explores the design of Deco objects chosen by Deputy Curator Christopher Herron from the Museum’s permanent collection, assembled by Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant. These Deco objects, most of which have not been on view, are organized by four themes: vanity, jazz, vice and speed. Through these themes, the Museum will increase awareness of the societal influences and advances in technology that shaped the design of useful objects made for a wide range of consumers.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 30.


On the first Sunday of each month (May–August), Kirkland Museum will host exciting conversations and demonstrations with community partners and curatorial staff diving deeper into one of the four themes. Join us 12 to 5pm for these first-Sunday programs, included with general admission.


Weekly guided tours exploring the exhibition and the Art Deco movement will be offered throughout the exhibition’s duration.

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