University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design


Gallery 241 St. Paul Campus

America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

October 10, 2015- January 3, 2016


American culture from 1950 – 1980 was defined by change – from the Cold War to the Vietnam War, from Civil Rights to hippies – and toys reflected these hopes and anxieties. This exhibition includes characters that are reappearing in today’s movies and media or that have never left. Featuring over 300 original toys and artifacts this exhibition is sure to spark memories for the young and young at heart.

Curated by Stephen Rueff


Exhibition posters, t-shirts, and postcards are available for sale in the gallery. For prices click here.


Free Admission- No tickets needed


We have an amazing Crowdfunding Campaign for this exhibition & you can easily get involved! To sponsor your favorite superhero or the entire exhibition click here



HGA Gallery Minneapolis Campus


September 26, 2015 - January 23, 2016


Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it's the natural world that captures the imaginations of today's vanguard designers. By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself. 

In Hypernatural architecture and material experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer present an international collection of case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren, a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California, to the MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding. Together, these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable, and, most of all, livabl


Free Admission- No tickets needed


America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains Press


Newspaper Articles:

Star Tribune: Two Twin Cities collectors are still playing with toys Press: It's a great time to see 'America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

City Pages: 21 Best things to do: October 8-14: America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

AIGA Minnesota Distiller: America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains


TV News:

Fox 9 Morning news: New exhibit "America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains" shows histor of toy desgin



MPR News: Monster toy exhibit isn't just child's play


Northrop Gallery Minneapolis Campus

Northrop Transformed

February 14, 2015 - January 3, 2016


In April 2014, the 85-year-old Northrop Memorial Auditorium was reborn with a grand reopening and celebration. However, its dramatic transformation took place largely out of sight of the public. This exhibition will reveal the heroic work by the design team led by HGA Architects and Engineers to accomplish this effort, highlighting Northrop's history and its future as a premier location for performance and academics and as a vibrant building at the center of campus life.

Guest Curators: Jim Moore, ASsociate Vice President, HGA; Tim Carl, Design Principal, HGA; In Kind Sponsor: HGA Architects and Engineers






All GMD programming is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


To request disability accommodations or to receive publication materials in alternative formats, please contact Goldstein Museum of Design, 364 McNeal Hall, 612.624.7434,




Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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