Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America
Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America is the first major exhibition to explore air conditioning’s effect on American culture. The exhibition was designed around a series of ductwork towers. Visitors entered through a gigantic 60-foot-long, galvanized steel duct, emerging into three successive rooms that survey how air conditioning has revolutionized American life. Installations explained how air conditioning works, with a display of the machinery’s guts, including filters, grills and fans. Graphics used arrows found on meteorological air flow charts. Photo murals, artifacts, equipment and interactive displays demonstrated how air conditioning is a defining technology of the twentieth century, and how it inspired new forms of architecture, from suburban tract houses to glass skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Michael Bierut, James Biber (Principals in Charge); Kartika Lie, Kathleen Meaney, Jacqueline Thaw, Michael Zweck-Bronner
BStromberg Sheetmetal Works, General Typographers, John Poliszuk, Hank Griffith