Modernism:  The broad movement in Western art, architecture and design which self-consciously rejected the past as a model for the art of the present.

Modernism:  The deliberate departure from tradition and the use of innovative forms of expression that distinguish many styles in the arts and literature of the 20th century.

20th Century Cincinnati is the Queen City’s annual retrospective of vintage modern design: the avant-garde art, architecture, furnishings, decor and fashions that emerged between WW I and the Information Age.  Fueled by new technologies, materials and popular culture, Modernist trends included Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Machine Age, Streamline, Mid-Century Modern and Op/Pop styles.  Many of these innovative designs were so far ahead of their times that they seem to have anticipated 21st century lifestyles. 

Now entering its third decade of annual shows, 20th Century Cincinnati will return to the Sharonville Convention Center on the weekend of February 21 and 22, 2015. 60 dealers will fill the 20,000 square feet East and West Exhibit Halls with classic modernist forms – many from the century’s signature designers and architects.

Best known for its fantastic selection of furniture and lighting, 20th Century Cincinnati also features period decorative objects including art glass, pottery, paintings, posters, metalwares, textiles and dinnerware.  Fashion specialists offer vintage clothing and apparel, exotic accessories, and a very popular mix of the era’s precious and costume jewelry.  Pop culture relics from the Roaring Twenties to the Decadent Eighties round out a scene that is a little bit art museum and a little bit Mad Men: from investment quality to fun & funky, 20th Century Cincinnati offers something for every collector’s budget.  Shop with confidence: this knowledgeable group pledges that all merchandise is "guaranteed as represented." 

Weekend activities kick-off with a two-hour Java Preview beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.  Preview tickets admit patrons to the exclusive shopping period (complete with a complimentary coffee, tea and juice bar) and include a full-weekend pass.  Preview ticket ordering information is available on the Java Preview page of this website.

Regular show hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  A $8 adult admission is good for both days.

The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off I-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15).  Parking is free and all areas of the facility are wheelchair accessible.

To find out more about the world of collecting vintage modern, download the 2009 20th Century Cincinnati Guide to Vintage Modern (as seen in Housetrends).