Dancing On The Queen Mary At The 2008 Art Deco Festival
Join us for the fourth annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, in association with the Queen Mary, on Labor Day Weekend aboard the beautiful Art Deco Queen Mary in Long Beach. This weekend is filled with tours, lectures, pajama party, the Art Deco Bazaar, vintage car display, a grand Art Deco Ball with music by Mora's Modern Rhythmists, tea dance with music by the Paul Frederick Orchestra, Cocktails in Historic Places at the Verandah Grill with music by Jim Ziegler and the Swingsations, and so much more. The proceeds from all activities will benefit conservation and restoration of the original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner.
Friday, August 29th
- Art Deco Information Headquarters
- Long Beach Art Deco Tour
- ADSLA Opening Reception
- Art Deco Pajama Party & Entertainment
Saturday, August 30th
- Art Deco Bazaar & Marketplace
- 4 Lectures on Art Deco Topics
- Queen Mary Art Deco Tour
- Art Deco Reception & Ball
Sunday, August 31st
- Art Deco Bazaar
- 3 Lectures on Art Deco Topics
- Queen Mary Art Deco Tour
- Art Deco Afternoon Tea Dance
Our Adventure Begins In The Observation Bar
In the Observation bar the first camera came out to play
Sue is ready for the event to begin!
Did you know? - Art Deco was a popular international art design movement from 1925 until the 1940s, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design, and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts, and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional, and modern.
The movement was a mixture of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.
Art Deco experienced a decline in popularity during the late 30s and early 40s, and soon fell out of public favor. It experienced a resurgence with the popularization of graphic design in the 1980s.
OK now, I am really ready!
Why is this man so tickled? What did Vicky say?
He can't contain himself... It must have been awful!
Del is always happy!
Did you know? - Art Deco is characterized by use of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer and inlaid wood. Exotic materials such as sharkskin (shagreen), and zebra skin were also in evidence. The bold use of stepped forms and sweeping curves (unlike the sinuous, natural curves of the Art Nouveau), chevron patterns, and the sunburst motif are typical of Art Deco. Some of these motifs were ubiquitous — for example, sunburst motifs were used in such varied contexts as ladies' shoes, radiator grilles, the auditorium of the Radio City Music Hall, and the spire of the Chrysler Building.
Bob, Vance, Donna, and Gladys decided to sit outside!
Eating carbohydrates so the dancing can be non-stop!
The Cocktails Before The Dance In The Royal Salon
The Royal Salon, once the First-Class Smoking Lounge, features original artwork from the ship's ocean liner days and more than 2,000 square feet of space comfortably accommodating up to 160 guests.
Time to have an official drink!
What, no candelabra! Just hum a few bars and he will play it!
Would you buy a car from this man???
We want the Cholo Dancer to repeat his act at intermission!
Margo, Barney, and Bob
Donna and Vance and their look-alikes (see the reflections?)
He is actually hitting the keys!
They ought to be in show biz!
Did you know? - After the Universal Exposition of 1900, various French artists formed an informal collective known as, La Société des artistes décorateurs (the society of the decorator artists). Founders included Hector Guimard, Eugène Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrêne, and Emile Decour. These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco as a whole. This society's purpose was to demonstrate French decorative art's leading position and evolution internationally. They organized the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art) in Paris, which would feature French art and business interests. The terms Style Moderne and Art Deco both derive from the exposition's title, though Art Deco was not widely used until popularized by art historian Bevis Hillier's 1968 book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s.
In the summer of 1969, Hillier conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked with the publication of his 1971 book The World of Art Deco, a record of the exhibition.
Come on, let's get started!
Getting ready for the picture....
Yea Yea, the gangs all here!