University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Goldstein Museum of Design
College of Design

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, Saint Paul Campus


Signed by Vera: Scarves by an Iconic Designer

May 17 – June 29, 2014

Opening Party: Friday, May 16, 6–8pm

Featuring examples from the prolific designer’s 40-year career, this exhibition will draw from the Goldstein’s collection of approximately 550 Vera Neumann scarves.  From humble beginnings in a New York City kitchen, Neumann’s designs captured the zeitgeist of the tumultuous postwar years and propelled the designer to international fame.  Her decision to sign her colorful scarves transformed them from simple accessories to “Veras,” coveted by women the world over. 

Curator: Natasha Thoreson




Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director

September 20 – December 21, 2014

Opening party: Friday, September 19, 6-8pm

Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director celebrates the life and work of one of the most preeminent designers of the last century. Best known for his nearly quarter-century tenure at Harper’s Bazaar(1934-1958), Brodovitch ushered in many of the Modernist innovations that shape what we think of today as contemporary magazine design. His lasting and far-reaching influence is seen throughout graphic design, advertising, photography, and design education. This exhibition illustrates Brodovitch's oeuvre as an art director and graphic designer through artifacts from the Goldstein Museum of Design and University Libraries collections; highlights include rare copies of Brodovitch's magazines, books, and design journals such as the short-lived but revolutionary Portfolio (1950-51).

Curators: Ron Ott and Curt Lund



HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus


A Right to Establish a Home

August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Opening Party: Friday, August 22, 6–8pm

A Right to Establish a Home examines the history behind a series of menacing protests that enveloped 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis following the property’s purchase in August 1931 by Arthur and Edith Lee. The young couple was African-American, and they chose to buy a house in what many then considered a “white neighborhood.” The exhibition interprets the protests and responses in the broader context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.

Curator: Greg Donofrio

Assistant: Laurel Fritz



All GMD programming is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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