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Jack Masey and Conway Lloyd Morgan

Cold War Confrontations

US Exhibitions and their Role in the Cultural Cold War

World's Fairs and International Exhibitions have always had a political as well as a commercial and cultural context. This was particularly true during the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union. Jack Masey served with the United States Information Agency from 1951 to 1979, for many years as Director of Design. He commissioned numerous American architects and designers including R. Buckminster Fuller, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Peter Blake, Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar to design the US presence at major world Expos including Expo '67 in Montreal and Expo '70 in Osaka. This important new book draws on Masey's recollections, recently declassified documents, unpublished memoirs and photographs, interviews with surviving members of U.S. design teams, and others, to detail the significant role played by architects and designers in shaping America's image during the cultural Cold War.

World's Fairs and International Exhibitions have always had a political as well as a commercial and cultural context. This was particularly true during the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union. Jack Masey served with the United States Information Agency from 1951 to 1979, for many years as Director of Design. He commissioned numerous American architects and designers including R. Buckminster Fuller, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Peter Blake, Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar to design the US presence at major world Expos including Expo '67 in Montreal and Expo '70 in Osaka. This important new book draws on Masey's recollections, recently declassified documents, unpublished memoirs and photographs, interviews with surviving members of U.S. design teams, and others, to detail the significant role played by architects and designers in shaping America's image during the cultural Cold War.

Author(s): Jack Masey, Conway Lloyd Morgan

Design: Integral Lars Müller

16,5 x 24,0 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in

424 pages, 200 illustrations

hardback

2008, 978-3-03778-123-4, English
CHF 26.00

Jack Masey

Jack Masey is designer for exhibitions and museums and head of MetaForm Design International in New York.

Conway Lloyd Morgan

Conway Lloyd Morgan (1948-2011) was an internationally published writer on architecture and design. He was also senior lecturer at Newport School of Art Media and Design.