Hildreth Meière

Recently a new book came out on Hildreth Meière, the artist behind such familiar NYC architectural ornaments and murals as this medallion on the front of Radio City Music Hall (photo: NY Times). Since The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière was published, several articles have appeared. Below are handy links:

And before you ask, no, I hadn’t heard of her either, although surely there are those of you who follow this blog who have.

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The book is on my wish list now.



Today New York celebrates the birth of an artist partially responsible for bringing the glorious Art Deco style to New York City. Hildreth Meière was a high society muralist and mosaicist that truly defined the elegance of New York in the early 1900’s. Be sure to see her emblems at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. These colorful emblems, depicting dance, drama and song, were created by the Art Deco goddess in 1932, and stretch to 18 feet wide. 

Design for Sand-Blasted Glass Mural: Mercury Gathering Air Waves Amidst Planets and Stars
Hildreth Meière (American; 1892–1961)
Brush and white gouache, black wash, graphite on tan paper
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

Executed for A Century of Progress (1933 World’s Fair, Chicago, Illinois)

Have you ever wanted to experience a World’s Fair through the eyes of an artist? Thanks to the recent conservation of Hildreth Meière’s home movies, you can watch them in glorious Kodachrome. Read the story behind the films in our latest blog post.

Still of “Asbestos” on the Johns-Manville building from Hildreth Meière footage of murals and friezes at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, 1939 or 1940. Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.