"World of Radio" Exhibition

Mural: The World of Radio; Designed by Arthur Gordon Smith (Canadian, 1901–n.d.); USA; cotton batik; H x W: 262.9 × 492.8 cm (8 ft. 7 1/2 in. × 16 ft. 2 in.); Gift of Nicholas Meredith Turner in memory of Jessica Dragonette; 1983-73-1; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution
On display, iconic radios and a monumental textile illustrating early radio history at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

A 1934 batik mural created by Arthur Gordon Smith to celebrate the career of soprano and radio star Jessica Dragonette will be displayed alongside radios, drawings, and photographs of the era. The mural contains multiple vignettes that illustrate milestones in radio’s history as well as familiar icons of the Jazz Age, including a wall of Art Deco skyscrapers crisscrossed by airplanes and musical notes. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 24, 2017.

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Housed in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, Cooper Hewitt showcases one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.


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