University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Goldstein Museum of Design
College of Design

Current Exhibitions

HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus


A Right to Establish a Home

August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, August 22, 6–8pm

A Right to Establish a Home examines the history behind a series of menacing protests that enveloped 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis following the property’s purchase in August 1931 by Arthur and Edith Lee. The young African-American couple chose to buy a house in what many then considered a “white neighborhood.” The exhibition interprets the protests and responses in the broader context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.

Curators: Greg Donofrio & Laurel Fritz


HGA Gallery Link, Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus


Rapson at 100: Process | Themes | Variations

September 24, 2014 - January 15, 2015

Celebrating Ralph Rapson’s centennial birthday (September 13, 1914 – March 29, 2008), this exhibition demonstrates the creative thinking and sure hand of the longest-serving head of the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture. Selected drawings illustrate this innovative architect and educator's use of sketching to explore and advance architectural ideas.


Elmer L. Anderson Library,

Minneapolis Campus

Ralph Rapson: A Tribute to His Life and Work

October 6, 2014 - January 16, 2015

Ralph Rapson: A Legacy in Architecture and Design

Selected works from the Ralph Rapson Papers at the Northwest Architectural Archives of the University of Minnesota.

Guest Curator: Jane King Hession

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Northrop Gallery, Minneapolis campus


100 Years of Student Drawings: Celebrating the School of Architecture's Centennial

April 4 – February 1, 2014

Celebrating the reopening of Northrop Hall and the Centennial of the School of Architecture, this exhibition includes drawings from the Beaux-Arts era through the digital age showing a range of building types, representation styles, media and individual expression.

Funding for this exhibition provided by the Rapson Hall Exhibitions Fund with support from Judy Dayton.

Curator: Jane Hession

Assistant: Madelyn Sundberg

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Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

Gallery 241 will be closed through Fall 2014 to house the GMD collection as we improve our storage facilities.

Watch for upcoming exhibitions beginning in 2015.


All GMD programming is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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