Art Deco was a product of the opulent Jazz Age, a time when technological advances, relative financial stability and modern thinking encouraged the integration of imagery borrowed from both primitive and futuristic fine-art influences, man-made materials and an elegant, streamlined symmetry into a variety of forms. Architecture, fashion, furniture, graphic design and even household decor and appliances fell under its sway, at least until the darkening threat of WWII triggered a new asceticism in style. But its charm lives on in occasional resurgences and the hearts of collectors everywhere not to mention Los Angeles and Miami Beach.
An eclectic mix of Art Deco artworks and objects (many on loan from local sources), from colorful Fiesta ware to a 1930s Cold Spot refrigerator, will demonstrate the style's versatility during the run of Art Deco!, which is currently on display at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Place. The exhibit remains on view through June 1; for information, go to www.auroramuseum.org or call 303-739-6666.
Feb. 26-June 1, 2008