Two Mural Panels For The Ziegfeld Theatre, The Joy of Life, 1927
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.
With harlequin figures in floral bowers, these mural panels epitomize the interest in color and fantasy that Joseph Urban brought to his opera, theater, and film designs. The Joy of Life was used as a mural on the Ziegfeld Theatre’s proscenium wall.
It is credited
The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago.
Its dimensions are
H x W (overall): 518.5 × 729 × 1.6 cm (17 ft. 1/8 in. × 23 ft. 11 in. × 5/8 in.) H x W (middle left panel): 518.3 × 182.9 × 1.6 cm, 58.1 kg (17 ft. 1/16 in. × 6 ft. × 5/8 in., 128 lb.) H x W x D (middle right panel): 518.5 × 180.3 × 1.6 cm (17 ft. 1/8 in. × 5 ft. 11 in. × 5/8 in.) Weight: 128 pounds
“East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” was recorded three times within 1927 by Duke Ellington. The third version of the piece seemed to match trumpeter Bubber Miley’s description of the work: “This is...
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.