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. 


Fall 2017:

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator

Opens September 2017

Co-curators: S. Zollinger & J. McElvain


Northrop Gallery






Masters of Architecture Final Projects & Landscape Architecture Capstone Projects

May - August 28, 2017


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Fall 2017:

Dutch Complex Housing

Opens September 2017

dutch complex housing

Guest Curator: J. Robinson

Dutch Complex Housing explores a special form of multi-family dwelling developed in response to limited location and socially responsible policy. The exhibition profiles eight visually rich structures that are each responsive to their location and are formed to house variety of housing types and income levels plus non-housing functions to create diverse communities. In the Netherlands, where housing is a right, and urban design is central to providing adequate housing, complex housing emerged to make the best use of public transportation and infrastructure, generate income, and provide diversity of lifestyle in dense, urban settings. Can this innovative type of housing be replicated elsewhere?

Dutch Complex Housing presents this content in four parts:

  • An introduction to housing in the Netherlands
  • An introduction to typological methodology* used to study the housing
  • The eight examples  - De Muzen, Silodam, The Whale, De Zilvervloot, Avenue Plaza, Virjburcht, La Grande Cour, De Opgang, De Beeklaan
  • Principles that generate this type of housing and its potential for replicability elsewhere.


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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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