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


Inside Her Clothes

June 3 – September 3, 2017

inside her clothes

Co-Curators: Jean McElvain & Sarah Hegge

At first glance, the two dresses look nearly identical. Both are made from a lightweight grey fabric.  Both drape loosely over the body. They both are decorated with dozens of identical fabric covered buttons. Both would have taken significant skill and time to make. 

If you take a closer look, however, the dresses couldn’t be more different.  One, made c. 1915, uses significant amounts of hand sewing. The other one, made in 1924, is almost entirely machine sewn. The older dress is clearly made of silk, while the younger dress appears to be made from rayon. Inside of the c. 1915 dress is a second, hidden bodice made of a soft netting that opens at center front with a row of hooks and eyes. Meanwhile, the dress from 1924 has no inner structure. 

Inside Her Clothes invites visitors to explore a side of garments not often shown to the public. Several dozen garments from the Goldstein collection are displayed inside out or in other creative ways so that visitors can see them from a new perspective.

This exhibit encourages visitors to think about how clothing is made and used, while at the same time celebrating the hard work and creativity of those who make clothing. 









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Northrop Gallery

Minneapolis Campus



Roots to Healing

March 10, 2017 – January 2018

roots to healing

Curator: Lisa Philander

Designer: Stephanie Xenos

This exhibition at Northrop Gallery explores the global roots of plant-based healing in Minnesota.

We depend on plants for our wellbeing. Our story is inextricably linked to theirs through the food, fiber, medicine and other benefits they provide. Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present and future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, an exhibition organized by the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, invites you to consider the historical, cultural, scientific and economic value of a handful of plants from around the globe that have taken root in Minnesota from the commonplace plantain to the rare Lady’s Slipper orchid or the controversial Cannabis.

For more information about the exhibition and related programming, visit the CBS Conservatory website at




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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