Saturday, June 03, 2006

Art Deco & Modernism, Tango Demonstration

Earlier today, I checked out the Art Deco and Modernism Show at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 8th and Brannan Street, in San Francisco. Fancy name for one of those buildings that looks like a converted animal auction warehouse. It was next to one of the few roundabouts in the downtown area. At least that I know of.

It was put on by the Art Deco Society which I assume is a social club that gives people excuses to dress like the 1920s and 30s out in public. The event was billed as the
Largest Art Deco & Modernism Sale in the country.

Over two hundered dealers from across the country selling furniture, accessories, art, pottery, glass, books, jewelry, vintage clothing and collectibles from 1900 to 1980, including Arts & Crafts Mission, Monterey, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Streamline Modern, Vintage Western, Mid-Century Modern and exceptional design to 1980.
There was lots of cool furniture and knick knacks, but of course I don't have the space or the money for all the eye candy. When I win the lottery, I'm going to decorate whole rooms in those style. ; ]

Since I couldn't really buy anything, my favorite part of the day was the Tango dance demonstration. I guess Tango was one of the latin dance fads that go through American culture every few years. The demo was put on by Dance Through Time, a troup that performs a variety of dance styles from 1500s European social dances through current club dances. The woman was the instructure and she told us something about the culture Tango came out of. The most interesting part was learning the symbolism behind some of the movements. Like those quick kicks you always see the ladies do, it's in reaction to movements of the male partner, not just randomly added to the dance. The same with some of the cross and weaving looking steps.
Art Deco Tango

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