I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America explores the career of American stage and industrial designer, futurist and urban planner Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958).
The exhibition includes work from more than 60 of Bel Geddes' projects, including materials relating to "Futurama," Bel Geddes' 1939-1940 New York World's Fair installation for General Motors. I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America highlights more than 300 items from Bel Geddes' extensive archive at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, including models, drawings, paintings, film footage and photographs.
The NEH-funded exhibition reflects the broad range of Bel Geddes' interests and work and demonstrates how he shaped and continues to influence American culture and lifestyle. A polymath who had little academic or professional training in the areas he mastered, Bel Geddes had the ability to look at trends and the contemporary environment and envision how they could affect and alter the future.
"When you drive on an interstate highway, attend a multimedia Broadway show, dine in a sky-high revolving restaurant or watch a football game in an all-weather stadium, you owe a debt of gratitude to Norman Bel Geddes," said exhibition organizer Donald Albrecht, an independent curator and curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York.
I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America can be seen in the Ransom Center Galleries on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.
The Museum of the City of New York also plans to host the exhibition.