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


Gallery 241

McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus


HGA Gallery

Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus

Seeing 40/40:

Forty Years of Collecting at GMD

September 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017


Displaying 40 objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design’s collection does not tell the whole story. In fact, the exhibited objects represent only about 1/10th of a percent of the 34,000+ objects catalogued, housed, and cared for by GMD. Since its 1976 opening, GMD has collected thousands of objects from over 1,000 donors, and curated over 200 exhibitions.

Seeing 40/40 encourages visitors to see the presence of design in all of our lives and its keen ability to remind one of time and place. Forty people with a variety of backgrounds have generously contributed their skills to the exhibition, selecting an object from GMD’s permanent collection and providing a unique context for it. Whether an object’s writer has a formal approach that discusses its functionality and history, or a more journalistic approach that includes a personal narrative, visitors will see the object through another’s eyes.

Gallery Guide (PDF)

Our 40 commentators include:

Mary Abbe, Chris Amundsen, David Anger, Bill Bloedow, Tim Carl, Ruth Crane, Dolores DeFore, Joanne Eicher, Kaywin Feldman, Tom Fisher, Tim Fleming, Laura Fulk, Emily Galusha, Lois Gibson, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Roald Gunderson, Lili Hall, Christine Hartman, Barbara Heinemann, Helena Hernmarck, Linda Hersom, Karen Kaler, Bruce Karstadt, Lyndel King, Judith Kinghorn, Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, Nicole LaBouff, Stephanie Lake, Camille LeFevre, Linda Mona, Lin Nelson-Mayson, Jennifer Komar Olivaraz, Toby Rapson, Jeff Rathermel, Karl Reichert, Debbie Simmons, Joy Teiken, Joan Vorderbruggen, Jill Ahlberg Yohe, and Becky Yust.

Join us in reflecting on how design solves complicated issues, and unscrambles daily dilemmas in wondrous ways.





U of M Landscape Architecture:

Celebrating 50 years!


Opens September 16, 2016

50 years


Join classmates and colleagues as the University of Minnesota celebrates 50 years of landscape architecture education and looks forward to more! Landscape Architecture’s celebratory exhibition in HGA Gallery will feature over 35 designers including:

Bryan Carlson, Nikken Sekkei, Ellerbe Becket, Emanouil Spassov, David Motzenbecker, James Robin, Jean Garbarini, Jerry de Gryse, Joseph Favour, Lydia Major, Matt Wilkens, Michael Jones, Jonathan Fillmore, Philip Rickey, Ross Altheimer, Maura Rockcastle, Gary Anderson, Theodore Lee, Thomas Oslund, Trygve Hansen, Thomas Whitlock, Hang Su, Roger Martin, Dean Abbott, John Koepke


Click here for more information about LA's celebratory events!

Northrop Gallery Minneapolis Campus

What the Fluxus? Manifestations Through Visuals and Performing Arts

January 16 - February 20, 2017



Artists, dancers, composers, and writers have long collaborated in joining ideas, practices, and elements. In the 1960s, a formidable group of artists were merging aesthetics while championing concepts of chance, impermanence, and the banal; blurring life and art. They celebrated all that was ordinary—primal even—and favored an open form process. It was from these mechanisms that new methods of approaching choreography and composing music, writing, and presenting poetry and artwork emerged.

What the FLUXUS? is a two-part exhibition celebrating the visual, literary, and performing artists that traversed an internationally critical period in a way that challenged—both culturally and politically—how art was made, perceived, and experienced. Complementing the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine performance as part of Northrop’s Dance Season, the exhibit features the intersection of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham with composers John Cage and David Tudor, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and artists that formed the FLUXUS family including Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, and Nam June Paik.

Open during regular Northrop building hours. What the FLUXUS? is an exhibit open to the public running from Jan 17-Feb 20 on the 4th floor of Northrop.

More info about the gallery here.

  Submit your proposals for upcoming exhibitions!



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.


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