Arts and Culture

The Denver Modernism Show: Stiff piña coladas, the space age and a new Miss Modernism

Here's why the Denver Modernism Show is so appealing: The mid-twentieth-century culture it so joyfully upholds was clearly the culture of the future, all shiny and new and space-age, the product of new technologies and post-war optimism. Here in the future, where things seem much bleaker, the elan of mid-century design buoys us up out of our pessimism. For some who visit the show each year, it's a step back in time, celebrating the stuff they grew up with; for others, it's a stylistic look at the treasures of the modern imagination. Plus, it all just looks so cool.

Forthwith, we present a recap of the 2011 show's blast-off on Friday night at the National Western Expo Hall.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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