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On Display: Norman Bel Geddes' Vision of the Future

The Museum of the City of New York showcases the futurist work of late designer Norman Bel Geddes

With experience creating sets for Broadway shows, designer Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) knew exactly how to give the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus the showbiz edge it needed after the Great Depression. His poster (below), along with 200 other works that range from photographs to industrial models (pictured above), theater sets, drawings and more—offers a glimpse into Bel Geddes’ fertile imagination in the ongoing show I Have Seen the Future. Catch Bel Geddes' futuristic vision through Feb. 10, 2014, at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St., New York, 212.534.1672. 

Norman Bel Geddes, "Poster for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus", ca. 1941 (Courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation/Harry Ransom Center)
Norman Bel Geddes, "Poster for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus", ca. 1941 (Courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation/Harry Ransom Center)