An upcoming free exhibit at the Johnson County Museum details how the County’s architecture underwent a radical, modern transformation after World War II. What Is Modernism? opens on November 21 and explores how modern ideas about architecture and lifestyle took hold from 1945 until 1970 and were expressed throughout Johnson County.
What Is Modernism? is organized into three sections. The exhibit examines the roots of Modernism in 1920s Europe and how the movement’s ideas spread worldwide; how designers and developers took advantage of post-World War II innovation and technology to move modern ideas forward; finally, the exhibit details the post-war modern building boom in Johnson County and why Modernism was embraced locally.
“Post-war Johnson County was a blank canvas,” says Matt Gilligan, Johnson County Museum’s curator of interpretation. “A lot of new construction went up after World War II when people were very excited about innovation and new consumer goods.”
The Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House will be refurnished to reflect more modern lifestyle choices popular in the later 1950s and early 1960s as part of the new exhibit. What Is Modernism? will be on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum through November 21, 2015.
The Johnson County Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS, and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum’s All-Electric House tours are available every half hour, Monday – Saturday, 1-4 p.m., and cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 5-12; under 5 and Museum members receive free admission. Please visit www.jocogov.org/museum for more details about the exhibit and corresponding educational programs.