The Art Institute of Jacksonville Presents “Currents of Time,” an Exhibition in Honor of Our Veteran | Arts & Culture

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The Art Institute of Jacksonville Presents “Currents of Time,” an Exhibition in Honor of Our Veteran
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In honor of our Veterans, students and faculty from The Art Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, will artistically highlight the postwar culture surrounding Florida and World War II as part of the “Currents of Time” exhibition. The opening reception for “Currents of Time” will be held at the Museum of Science and History on Saturday, November 19th from 12 pm - 3 pm at 333 North Laura Street. Also, The Art Institute of Jacksonville’s Interior Design Professor Rachel Simmons will discuss post WWII design trends from 12 pm- 1 pm, as Culinary Department Chef John Maxwell discusses WWII food rations and how those customs still affect us today, from 1:30 pm- 2 pm.


The Art Institute of Jacksonville’s portion of “Currents of Time” exhibition is a collaborative effort between students and faculty among multiple departments. The interior design department will showcase real to life renderings of homes during the WWII era, while the fashion & retail management department will focus on fashion influences of that time period, the digital photography students will exhibit documented inspirational photographs, culinary arts students will spotlight cultural culinary influences and the graphic design department will depict artistic interpretations of postwar culture, as well as other art and design projects featuring this historic subject.


As the showcase provides a retrospective of postwar culture, featured speaker Rachel Simmons will continue the topic with “The Era at the End of a Rainbow: Post WWII Design Trends” lecture from 12 pm- to 1 pm. This lecture offers an overview of the post WWII era and how it affected interior furnishing technology, buying habits, design and color trends as forecasted by Home and Garden Magazine between the years of 1949 and 1965.


Offering something different to the table, Chef John Maxwell, The Art Institute of Jacksonville Culinary Department Chair will lead the “Cooking with Wartime Rations” lecture from 1:30 pm- to 2 pm. This lecture will cover the impact that wartime rations had on American homes, how it changed women’s roles and how they still affects us today.


“What makes ‘The Currents of Time’ exhibition so special is not only that it honors Veterans who have served our country, but it is also an excellent example of collaboration between the students and faculty from multiple programs,” said Catherine Pliess, Department Chair of Interior Design at The Art Institute of Jacksonville.


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