Scholarly interest in Art Deco has grown rapidly over the past fifty years, spanning different academic disciplines. This volume provides a guide to the current state of the field of Art Deco research by highlighting past accomplishments and promising new directions. Chapters are presented in five sections based on key concepts: migration, public culture, fashion, politics, and Art Deco's afterlife in heritage restoration and new media. The book provides a range of perspectives on and approaches to these issues, as well as to the concept of Art Deco itself. It highlights the slipperiness of Art Deco yet points to its potential to shed new light on the complexities of modernity.
Bridget Elliott is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario. She has published widely in the area of twentieth century art with books and articles on women artists and on contemporary filmmakers who reference art history. She recently edited Breaking and Entering: The Contemporary House Cut, Spliced and Haunted (2015) and is currently completing her own monograph, The Diffusion of Art Deco: Mainstreaming Modernism. Michael Windover is Associate Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University where he teaches the History and Theory of Architecture Program. He is cross-appointed to the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton and is adjunct curator of design at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. He is author of Art Deco: A Mode of Mobility (2012) and co-author with Anne MacLennan of Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956 (2017).