Exhibition - The Index Of American Design

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020

New York, NY 10001

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The Index of American Design (IAD) was a New Deal arts undertaking conceived during the Great Depression to identify and document the country’s design heritage, i.e., what was distinctly “American” in the decorative, folk, and applied arts. Comprising more than 18,000 illustrations of objects from a wide variety of public and private collections, the IAD is a stunning and invaluable visual archive of American material culture from the colonial period to the early 20th century.

The Index of American Design, now housed at the National Gallery of Art, contains 18 illustrations of 15 objects in the Merchant’s House Museum’s collection: 3 pieces of furniture, 7 dresses, 3 clothing accessories, and 2 men’s garments. In our newest virtual exhibition, you’re invited to explore the Merchant’s House collection through the eyes of IAD artists who visited the house in the late-1930s.

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