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Lecture: Linking Land and Sea: The Design and Decoration of Transatlantic Ocean Liners

  • Gould Theater, Legion of Honor 100 34th Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94121 United States (map)

"Linking Land and Sea: The Design and Decoration of Transatlantic Ocean Liners," an illustrated lecture by Christie D. Jackson (Senior Curator, The Trustees of Reservations, Sharon, MA) is presented by the American Decorative Arts Forum. Art Deco Society members and all admirers of the glorious elegance of early 20th century ocean liners are encouraged to attend. Period attire will be admired!

Elite travelers of the 20th century began to put their trust in the new ocean liners, seeing them as fashionable, exciting modes of transportation. Liners became important status symbols for their companies; by creating these extravagant shipboard interiors, companies projected a strong visual message of luxury and refinement to their customers and the world.

This lecture will particularly focus on the furnishings on ocean liners, whose lavishly designed interiors were truly stunning. The lecture will wander through many of Cunard's early interior spaces as well as listen to passengers' voices to hear their words about the challenges of crossing turbulent seas, the eccentricities of shipboard living, and all the novelties that traveling by sea could offer.

Enter the auditorium from the west side, lower level entrance facing the bay. Doors open at 7:40pm.

Programs are free to ADAF members and $20 to the general public.

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