Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Hildreth Meiere at Radio City Music Hall

As mentioned previously, Rockefeller Center, particularly its entertainment venue of Radio City Music Hall, was intentionally designed as the pinnacle of the Art Deco movement. It is the grandest achievement of that style in architecture, sculpture, and interior design. Among its landmarks are three sculptures hanging on the exterior of Radio City Music Hall by Hildreth Meiere (1892-1961), an American mosaicist, sculptor, and muralist. These three steel sculptures, designed by Meiere and executed by Oscar Bach, represent the insistence of modernism to remain optimistic in the midst of the Great Depression. True to ideology, in these works, modernism calls upon the gods of the arts to rescue it from suffering.



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