Make-Believe America

February 28, 2016 - June 12, 2016

During the mid-20th century, the U.S. government sought the assistance of some of the country’s leading designers to create international, cultural exhibitions, most notably the World’s Fairs. These exhibitions were created as government propaganda, which demonstrated the attractiveness and superiority of the American way of life with the ultimate goal of containing and even diminishing the threat of communism.

Make-Believe America explores the height of U.S. cultural exhibitions (1955-1975) and demonstrates the ways in which design was used as a persuasive force. The exhibition will provide examples of work created by brilliant exhibition teams that included designers such as Herbert Bayer, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Make-Believe America is an original exhibition curated by​ Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D. Executive Director at New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Make-Believe America Individual Contribution” or “Make-Believe America Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Linda Sheldon at, 404.856.5963.