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Exhibitions from 2009

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller


Noguchi: The Sets for Martha Graham

November 9 - December 20, 2009; HGA Gallery

Organized with assistance and generosity of the Noguchi Museum

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect, designed over 20 innovative sets for original Martha Graham (1894-1991) dance productions. A ground-breaking dancer and choreographer, Graham defined the modern dance movement. This exhibition showcased over 30 years of collaboration and was presented in conjunction with Northrop’s November 12th restaging of Graham's Greek psychodrama Clytemnestra, a masterpiece of 20th century American modernist dance.


Dewey Thorbeck Travel Sketches: An Architect's Recordings of Natural and Human Landscapes

September 25-December 27, 2009; ALA Library Gallery

Dewey Thorbeck, of the award-winning firm Thorbeck Architects Ltd, is the founder and program director for the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design, partially funded by the State Legislature and sponsored by the College of Design, the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Thorbeck's sketches brightly, sweetly, and energetically tell stories about places, people, and culture. They are windows to the world that invite visual exploration of how people live in their environs.



Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashion


July 11 – November 1, 2009; Opening Reception, July 10, 6-8 PM; Goldstein Museum Gallery


Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashion was unprecedented exhibition for the GMD through the pairing of important works of art with significant designer fashion from the collection. Inspired by journalist and Friends of the Goldstein founder Margot Siegel and her immersion in both fashion and art, this exhibition celebrated the fluid relationship between the two worlds and celebrated the exuberance of art, fashion, and popular culture.

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Design Indaba 10x10 Low Cost Housing "The Sandbag House"

September 14 – October 26, 2009; HGA Gallery  

Organized by MMA Architects, Luyanda Mpahlwa, Principal, Cape Town, South Africa

MMA's contribution to the 2008 Indaba Expo was the Design Indaba 10x10 Low Cost House. MMA and nine other firms were commissioned by Design Indaba to design low cost houses for the families in the Freedom Park community in the township of Mitchells Plein, Cape Town. The result was a sandbag house which is constructed with an Ecobeam timber frame structure, filled with sandbags, and plastered over.


Contemporary Architecture in Warsaw


August 24, 2009 – October 26, 2009; HGA Gallery


Organized by the Department of the Chief City Architect of Warsaw City Hall

This exhibition presented twenty recent architectural works– public, commercial, and residential - which are a confirmation of Warsaw's European aspirations. Reaction to these buildings ranges from respect and admiration to controversy and stormy debate. The exhibition features buildings financed through public as well as private funding. Most of the designs for public buildings were the result of architectural competitions.


Elemental Notes: Paintings by Ken Johnson

July 24-September 19, 2009; ALA Library Gallery  

Johnson's compositions provide a grid-like structure to visually abstract elements from nature. The dissected and magnified organic elements were presented in unexpectedly colorful and dreamlike, delicately-shaped structures.


Little Circus in Space: An Exhibit of Photography by Bruce Silcox in Collaboration with Les Filles Circus

May 28-July 10, 2009: ALA Library Gallery

Sponsored by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Common  Roots Cafe, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and College of  Design. Landscape and architectural spaces defined the context of Les Filles Circus. The dynamics of these spaces frame the choreography and inspiration that emerged from Les Filles movement and colorful stories. Minneapolis photographer, Bruce Silcox, has been documenting Les Filles Circus since 2007 and wondrously articulates the talent and creative energy of this young group of artists.


Expressions of Stability and Change: Ethnic Dress and Folk Costume
February 7 – June 21, 2009; Goldstein Museum Gallery

Ethnic dress provides a visual and emotional connection between members of an ethnic group and place; sometimes ethnic dress also connects ethnic group members to a shared language, religion, or occupation. Drawn from the Goldstein's collection of international apparel, this exhibition showcased special occasion apparel that expresses aspects of both stability and change.

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Our Deal: Graduates Ready to Stimulate

(Senior Show)


April 25-May 16, 2009, Party and Awards Ceremony May 15, 6:30-8:30 pm; HGA/ALA Library

This annual event and awards ceremony celebrated new graduates and reflected the professional quality of work done by students of the college. Students from Architecture, Clothing Design, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, and Retail Merchandising were included.

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Preserving Early Christian Thessalonike

March 16 – May 10, 2009; HGA Gallery

Organized by the Harvard Divinity School, this exhibition featured some of the cultural sites and monuments of Thessalonike, Greece, which have undergone significant restoration work in the 20th century.

Marvels of Modernism

March 16 –May 10 , 2009; HGA Gallery
This exhibition, part of the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s “Landslide” initiative, is a yearly designation of significant landscapes at risk of being lost. Among the endangered landscapes shown was Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

Horizons: Paintings by Mary Guzowski

Nature's Wonders: Drawings by Virajita Singh

January 20-April 30, 2009; ALA Library Gallery
Mary Guzowski  and Virajita Singh are each engaged in a dialogue with the changing phenomena of nature and with earthly objects that bring wondrous inspiration. Guzowski, an associate professor in architecture, said: “Painting is an opportunity to witness and engage the changing qualities and moods of the seasons. They are intended to capture an ever changing spirit and quality of time and place.” For Singh, a senior research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, drawing objects from nature gives her a sense of the spiritual link between human existence and nature.


The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture & Design

January 12 – March 8, 2009; HGA Gallery

The National Building Museum’s acclaimed exhibition The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design was the first to explore the field of green residential design as it reaches a turning point of acceptance by both home builders and the general public.

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