The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Mural #ArtTuesday
The World of Radio Exhibit, which is now on view at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, celebrates both the glamour of radio’s early days as well as its legacy. One of the exhibit’s centerpieces is a 1934 mural from artist Arthur Gordon Smith.
The powerful influence of the radio age still resonates today in this era of streaming music, podcasts and smart watches. A new exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum takes visitors back to the romantic dawn of radio, by spotlighting the medium’s artistic design, and one large textile mural in particular.
A voluminous, 16-foot-wide batik mural, entitled The World of Radio and crafted in 1934 by Canadian artist Arthur Gordon Smith is striking for the density of its imagery, symbols and patterns that together tell the history of radio technology, illustrate its cultural significance and honor one of the medium’s first superstars.