Halfway into the 1949 model year, the Specials received all-new bodywork, the first fully postwar design for the series.
But the story of postwar design is not all American, as this exhibition makes abundantly clear.
Mr. Stern had argued that the building was an important example of postwar design.
Experts say that only one piece of postwar design, a table designed by Perriand in 1952, has sold for more than $1 million.
The show juxtaposes Italian postwar design with American folk-art objects.
The "cutting-edge aerodynamics" was the most "alarming" all-new postwar design in the industry.
His expertise was called upon as the postwar design of the Chipmunk trainer came into fruition as a production aircraft.
"It is the anonymity created by postwar urban design which seems to have produced a breakdown in the normal functioning of a community."
Americans, it seems, are not fond of Modernist, postwar designs.
The presentation of ordinary Japanese as the helpless victims they were makes no particular case against American postwar designs.