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

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Looking back, Looking forward
Imagine: 100 Years of Design Graduate Education


September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019



Goldstein Museum of Design, Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus


Co-Curators: Barbara Martinson and Kate Maple


This juried and invitational exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Design Graduate Program, featuring a wide range of work by alumni, visiting scholars, and faculty. We celebrate their past and present accomplishments, as well as imagine the future of design. Design in this exhibition is writ large to include design and design education across products, disciplines, and cultures.

Design and design education are influenced by our past. The shifting paradigms of local/global, luxury/sustainable, crafted/mass produced, and past/present, allow us to ponder what has happened and what could happen in the next 100 years. Design in the 19th and 20th centuries experienced an amazing transformation. In the 19th century, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement’s revival of hand-made techniques collided with the Industrial Revolution and mass production. In the 20th century manufacturing moved off shore; however, design, merchandising, and the attendant changes this created in user experience continued to be addressed locally.

Today the story of design quality as a function of design quantity is told repeatedly, e.g., in the democratization of fashion through technology and mass production. More is available at cheaper prices—are we reaching the goal of design available to all?

In the 21st century, new technologies and the marketing of products online are flourishing and lifestyle choices are changing for housing, interiors, products and leisure activities. The question of global and local design venues needs to be addressed in education. In the import and export of design, there is a need to understand other cultures and traditions. Fast fashion products, so easily and cheaply mass produced in countries where labor is abundant, can now be purchased to wear once or use briefly and then discarded, or bundled and sent to a third world country for reuse. We need to rethink recycling and reuse of the design of products. This means rethinking design education in extending the life cycle of designed products-- past discard to reuse. The complexities of issues as well as the opportunities facing design in all areas of life will abound in the future.










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Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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