Washington, D.C., Modernism Show To Celebrate 35 Years

Former Deco Expo Will Take Place At The Dulles Expo Center In Chantilly, Va., On April 28 And 29

April 13, 2018

The Washington, D.C., Modernism Show, formerly known as the Exposition of 20th Century Decorative Arts, or simply the Deco Expo, will mark its 35th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. The show, which suffered a near death experience in 2013 when an ice storm forced early closure of the event, has come roaring back, growing in size and stature in the years since. It has been held in partnership with D’Amore Promotions’ D.C. Big Flea, and the 2018 show will be held in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center adjacent to Big Flea, running concurrently in the South Hall. Show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission will be $10 and will be good for both shows.
Modernism Show attendees can view and reserve a collector car for use in a spring wedding or other special event; try hands-on activities, including a telegraphy key and oscilloscope in the special exhibit created by the National Capital Radio and Television Museum; tour a vintage travel trailer; shop with dozens of Art Deco and Mid-Century vendors; and park their antique car in specially designated spaces (Sunday only).
The Art Deco Society of Washington (ADSW) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of the architectural, industrial, decorative, and cultural arts of the Art Deco era. The Modernism Show is a primary source of funding to support ADSW’s preservation and education efforts. The nation's oldest Modernism show moved to a new location with a new managing partner, D'Amore Promotions, in 2016. ADSW’s partnership with D'Amore preserved the expo as a separate show. Being held in the North Hall of the newly expanded Dulles Expo Center at the same time as the Big Flea is held in the adjacent South Hall allows Modernism customers to enter the show through a separate entrance but still have easy access to the Big Flea.
D'Amore handles national and regional advertising for the combined shows, expanding exposure well beyond what the ADSW could have accomplished on its own. Started in 1983, primarily as an Art Deco show, the Modernism Show/Expo gradually expanded to include other design movements of the 20th century. Today, the show includes the sale of all 20th century design movements, including Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern, and Atomic.
A special feature of the 2018 edition will be Camelot Classic Cars of Warrenton, Va., which will bring a fleet of restored antique cars, dating from the late 1930s to the early 1970s, available to rent for weddings and other occasions. Several cars will be on display.
The National Capital Radio and Television Museum, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history, will also have a special exhibit. The museum has an extensive collection of radio and television artifacts, including some fascinating curios, such as a 1931 scanning-disc television, one of the earliest forms of television; a 1939 Crosley Reado facsimile radio that could print out the morning paper; and one of the first remote control units that was the size of a shoe box.
Another new feature will be set up by the Fair Auction Company of Chantilly, Va., which will hold its display in and around a streamlined 1967 Avion travel trailer.
Among the new dealers joining the 2018 show are Jazz Age to Machine Age from Los Angeles, Calif.; Really Good LLC from Panama City, Panama and Boynton Beach, Fla.; Toys of Olde from York, Pa.; Mark Bassett pottery from Lakewood, Ohio; Altoonafish from Altoona, Pa.; Auerbach & Maffia from Philadelphia; and also Antiques from Home from Bethesda, Md.
For additional information, call Jim Linz at 703-568-3745 or email expo@adsw.org.


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