Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco

Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco

May 22, 2024 through January 12, 2025
Exclusive Member Preview Tuesday, May 21, 4 to 7pm

This special exhibition is included with admission and does not require a separate ticket.

Step into the story, indulge in the glamour

Curated by Becca Goodrum of Kirkland Museum

Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco explores the dynamic designs that came out of the rebellious years of 1920–1933. This exhibition invites you into two distinct spaces occupied by a progressive Prohibition-era woman: her boudoir and a speakeasy. Explore the Art Deco objects that filled these rooms and how they speak to a time of freedom and change.

American women were enjoying more independence inside and outside the home. Cutting hair into a chic bob, wearing rouge on lips and cheeks, hosting cocktail parties, and publicly consuming alcohol and tobacco all reinforced what it meant to be a modern woman. American designers and manufacturers responded to these societal changes with fashionable perfume atomizers & vanity sets and drinking & smoking accessories in the latest styles.

Events for Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco

Exclusive Member Preview:
Tuesday, May 21, 4-7pm
No RSVP necessary. A perk of membership!
Signature drinks from Uncle Tim’s Cocktails will be available to purchase at the preview.

Public Opening Day:
Wednesday, May 22, 11am to 5pm

Curator Talk: 
Tuesday, July 23, 6pm  SAVE THE DATE; ticketing information will be posted soon.


There are two tour opportunities available in addition to exploring the exhibition on your own:

  1. The best way to experience the exhibition is with our 20-minute audio tour on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Consider bringing your headphones.
  2. Dive deeper with a docent or staff-led Art Deco Private Guided Tour, covering both permanent collection Art Deco Gallery 6 and Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco. Must be reserved in advance, subject to docent availability. 
Vanity & Vice: American Art Deco exhibition