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



Gallery 241

McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus


HGA Gallery

Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus



Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director

May 29 - September 20 2015


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

America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

opens October 2015


American culture from 1950 – 1980 was defined by change – from the Cold War to the Vietnam War, from Civil Rights to hippies – and toys reflected these hopes and anxieties. This exhibition includes characters that are reappearing in today’s movies and media or that have never left. Featuring over 250 original toys and artifacts this exhibition is sure to spark memories for the young and young at heart.

When Places Speak

January 2016


When Places Speak aims to start dialogues around the "placeness" of sex trafficking —places where youth are recruited, places where ads are posted online, places used by purchasers to meet victims, places used by law enforcement to stop trafficking, and places where victims can heal

Curated by Tasoulla Hadjiyanni

Photo by Xavier Tavera




John H. Howe

June 4 - September 13, 2015


John Howe (1913-1997), was a charter member of the Taliesin Fellowship and Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman for nearly three decades. He was known as "the pencil in Frank Lloyd Wright's hand." During WW II, Howe served nearly three years in prison for refusing induction in the military due to his pacifist views. While in prison, he created a host of innovative, visionary projects, none of which were built. He later established an independent career in Minnesota where he practiced residential architecture for twenty-five years.


September 25, 2015 - January 2016


Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it's the natural world that captures the imaginations of today's vanguard designers. By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself.

In Hypernatural architecture and material experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer present an international collection of case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren, a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California, to the MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding. Together, these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable, and, most of all, livabl



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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