Monday, April 14, 2008

Mod hits Metro Detroit

Art deco lovers rejoice! The Michigan Modernism Exposition is right around the corner -- the big event hits the Southfield Municipal Complex on April 19 and 20 -- and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society (DAADS) is kicking off the weekend with a special preview party on Friday, April 18.

Designed to give deco-junkies first dibs on amazing 20th century antiques and fine arts, the special evening includes a sneak-peak of the expo, along with the display of a '37 Cord Phaeton; a vintage accessory fashion show; a live performance from jazz-band, SG Ensemble; and wine and appetizers. DAADS is also launching its first collectible poster at this year's event. Created by Detroit residents Chris and Lisa Heine, the poster is a graphic of Detroit's well-known and loved skyscraper, the Penobscot.

Tickets to the preview party, which runs from 7 - 10 p.m., are $50 in advance ($65 at the door) and can be purchased online here, or in person at several metro Detroit retailers. Proceeds from the event benefit DAADS scholarship, restoration and preservation programs.

“The preview party is incredible because you can be the first to purchase 20th century antiques and fine arts from merchants that travel to Michigan from the US, Canada and Europe,” said Gary Spondike, DAADS president. “DAADS is thrilled to put on the preview party once again and are so thankful to those who are joining us in making this one of our best openings.”

Not familiar with the Michigan Modernism Exposition? Featuring 20th century antiques and fine art from dealers across the US, Canada and Europe, this annual event embraces a broad selection of mid-century design in furniture, jewelry, clothing, radios, photographs, art, glass, china, silver, clocks, paintings and textiles.

The 2008 Michigan Modernism Exposition runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. General admission is $8. Please visit DAADS on the Web for more information.

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