The Alliance of Art and Industry: Toledo Designs for a Modern America was curated by Davira S. Taragin, director of the Center for Glass and curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition explores the role Toledo's designers and workforce played in the development of modern industrial design in the first half of the 20th century. Toledo Designs shows how the ideas and products that resulted from the industrial design movement forever changed American life. The Alliance of Art and Industry: Toledo Designs for a Modern America was organized by the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Clement O. Miniger Memorial Foundation; The Stranahan Foundation; the Ohio Arts Council; and the Members of the Centennial Society of the Toledo Museum of Art. Additional support for the catalogue is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Featured artists include Norman Bel Geddes, Harold Van Doren, John Gordon Rideout, Freda Diamond, Carl Sundberg, Montgomery Ferar, Lippincott and Margulies, Raymond Loewy, and Walter Dorwin Teague. Companies represented in the exhibition include Toledo Scale, Willys-Overland, Libbey Glass, Libbey-Owens-Ford, Owens-Illinois, and Maytag.