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THE WASHINGTON DC MODERNISM SHOW CELEBRATES 35 YEARS

March 8, 2018
The Washington DC Modernism Show, formerly known as the Exposition of 20th Century Decorative Arts, or simply the Deco Expo, will mark its 35th anniversary April 28th and 29th at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

WASHINGTON DC MODERNISM SHOW CELEBRATES 35 YEARS

Washington DC -- The Washington DC Modernism Show, formerly known as the Exposition of 20th Century Decorative Arts, or simply the Deco Expo, will mark its 35th anniversary April 28th and 29th at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  The show, which suffered a near death experience in 2013 when an ice storm forced early closure of the event, has come roaring back, growing in size and stature in each of the 3 years it has been held in partnership with D’Amore Promotions’ D.C. Big Flea.

The 2018 show will be held in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center adjacent to The DC Big Flea, running concurrently in the South Hall. One admission is good for both shows.

Washington Modernism show attendees can

  • view and reserve a collector car for use in their Spring wedding or other special event,
  • try hands on activities including a telegraphy key and oscilloscope in the special exhibit created by the National Capital Radio & Television Museum
  • tour a vintage travel trailer
  • shop with dozens of Art Deco and Mid-Century vendors, and
  • park their antique car in specially designated spaces (Sunday only).

Background

The Art Deco Society of Washington is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of the architectural, industrial, decorative, and cultural arts of Art Deco era. The Modernism Show is a primary source of funding to support ADSW’s preservation and education efforts.

The nation's oldest Modernism show moved to a new location with a new partner--D'Amore Promotions—for its April 2016 show. ADSW’s partnership with D'Amore preserved the Expo as a separate show. Held in the North Hall of the newly expanded Dulles Expo Center at the same time the wildly popular DC Big Flea is held in the adjacent South Hall, modernism customers are able to enter the show through a separate entrance but still have easy access to the Big Flea for further shopping. Large openings allow easy passage between the shows.

D'Amore handles national and local advertising for the combined shows, expanding exposure well beyond what the Art Deco Society could have accomplished on its own. D'Amore also promotes the show on TV and radio. ADSW continues its postcard mailings to thousands of prior attendees as well as aggressive social media advertising through Constant Contact and Facebook.

Started in 1983 primarily as an Art Deco show, the Expo gradually expanded to include other design movements of the 20th century. The show now includes the sale of all 20th Century design movements, including Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern, and Atomic.

Features of the 2018 Show

Camelot Classic Cars of Warrenton, Virginia has a fleet of restored antique cars, dating from the late 1930s to the early 1970s, available for weddings and other special occasions. Several of the cars will be on display at the Washington Modernism Show and reservations will be accepted for Spring weddings.

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history will have a special exhibit at the 2018 Washington Modernism Show. The Museum has an extensive collection of radio and television artifacts, including some fascinating curios such a 1931 scanning-disc television, one of the earliest forms of television; a 1939 Crosley Reado facsimile radio that could print out the morning paper; and, one of the first remote control units that was the size of a shoe box.

Fair Auction Company of Chantilly will set up its display in and around its streamlined 1967 Avion travel trailer.

Among the new dealers joining the 2018 show are

  • Jazz Age to Machine Age from Los Angeles
  • Really Good LLC from Panama City, Panama and Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Toys of Olde from York, Pennsylvania
  • Mark Bassett pottery from Lakewood, Ohio
  • Altoonafish from Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Auerbach & Maffia from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and
  • Antiques from Home from Bethesda, Maryland

Show hours are Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 29th from 11 AM to 5 PM. The $10 admission is good for both the Modernism Show and the DC Big Flea.

Inquiries are welcome at expo@adsw.org. Modernism Show Chair Jim Linz can be reached directly at 703-568-3745.