The very first thing the Norton Museum of Art’s new ‘Cocktail Culture’ exhibit features is a video clip of William Powell in the 1934 movie The Thin Man in which he is sober for maybe 10 minutes of the entire movie.
Compared to a society where alcoholism is deeply frowned upon, the vice made Powell’s character more suave, debonair. And in addition to the mystique of the ’30s, add the cocktail shakers, Cartier ashtrays, cigarette holders and a champagne bucket in the shape of a top hat.
Want even more? There’s an actual dress designed by a MGM studio costumer and a cocktail table by Donald Deskey, who designed the interior of Radio City Music Hall.
The show moves from the eras of Moderne to modern, and the diversified style of the late 1920s and 1930s makes today’s style look practically bland.
The exhibit will be displayed through March 11 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.
Source: The Palm Beach Post