Date of Award


Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Visual Arts

First Advisor

Louisa Matthew




building, new, modern, figure, style


During the 1920s and 1930s America experienced great change. Internal and external factors were leading the country down a path towards modernization. Industrialization gained speed, cities grew, and citizens moved to urban areas in greater numbers in addition to traveling abroad. More visitors and immigrants came to the United States. This period was filled with highs and lows, advances and set backs, and contradictions and complexities, all part of the American desire to build a modernized nation that possessed its own identity. One way to establish a national identity is to develop a visual language that articulates ideals, characteristics and achievements. During the 1920s and 1930s, Art Deco, although originally imported from Europe, offered a visual language that described and embodied the modern America that was emerging at this time.