The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) announces the election of Roberta Nusim, President of the Art Deco Society of New York, as its new President, effective December 1, 2021. She succeeds Joseph Loundy, of the Chicago Art Deco Society, in that role. Nusim will work with an elected Board of Directors comprised of leaders of the Art Deco Societies from across the world including Robin Grow of Melbourne, Jack Johnson of Miami, Atul Kumar of Mumbai, Pascal Laurent of Paris, Sharon Koskoff of Palm Beach, Rita Shiang of Virginia, and Steve Knight of Washington DC.
ICADS, founded in 1991, is comprised of 29 Art Deco and Modernism Societies around the world, dedicated to fostering international cooperation and support to preserve, celebrate and educate the public in the appreciation of Art Deco architecture, design and culture of the 1920s and 30s.
Each April Art Deco societies around the world host local activities to celebrate World Art Deco Day, commemorating the anniversary of the opening of the 1925 Paris exposition that launched the Art Deco movement.
Every two years ICADS members from around the world convene at the ICADS biennial World Congress on Art Deco in cities selected for their important Art Deco architecture. The Congress brings together top scholars and global leaders for lectures, tours, meetings with local governmental and cultural officials, and social activities. Recent Congresses have taken place in Shanghai, Havana, Melbourne, New York, Montreal and Buenos Aires. These Congresses often generate global attention to Art Deco in danger as in Cuba, which revealed 1930s Havana Deco treasures in imminent danger of collapse after decades of neglect. A new preservation effort in Havana emerged after the ICADS Congress.
The 2019 Congress on Art Deco, in Argentina, had international participation from Art Deco enthusiasts who visited some of the 25 rural communities with monumental Art Deco works by Francisco Salamone, architect of more than 60 municipal buildings in the Art Deco style in the Pampas of Argentina between 1936 and 1940. The Congress became the catalyst for rediscovery, restoration and renewed global interest in Salamone’s important contributions to the architecture of the period.
The 2023 World Congress in April 2023 will take place in Miami Beach, considered the birthplace of the Art Deco preservation movement in the United States.
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