Recently Closed Exhibitions


ART DECO Exhibition Suite
April 7 - May 20, 2016

Between the Wars: Contrasts, Parallels, Shifts and Patterns

An exploration of the stylistic motivations, technical innovations, and social transitions during the period, 1920 to early 1940s, as expressed through advertising posters, illustrations, and women’s fashion. Featuring vintage selections from The Chicago Center for The Print, the Koehnline Museum of Art, and The Barbara Cole Peters Fashion Collection.

Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco

Jazz, flappers, The Great Gatsby - many people equate Art Deco with the glamour and glitz of the Roaring 20s. Objects from the period between WWI and WWII demonstrate how Art Deco styling permeated every aspect of life, from household objects to magazine ads, from furniture and jewelry to Chicago's 1933 World Fair. Curated by graduate students in the NIU Certificate in Museum Studies.

“The Chicagoan”: a Periodical of the Era

Commentary on samplings from an urbane lifestyle magazine that proclaimed - and reinforced - Chicago’s cultural import, 1926-1935.

Deco and Art Moderne Architecture in Illinois

A focus on local landmarks curated by graduate students in the NIU Certificate in Museum Studies.