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Sketching, Creativity, and Modern-Day da Vincis: Q&A with Barry Kudrowitz

A new exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art gives museum-goers a glimpse into Leonardo da Vinci’s creative process through one of his notebooks – the Codex Leicester. Designer, engineer, professor, and avid sketcher Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) guest-curated a room showing how modern-day da Vincis document their ideas. We sat down with him to hear his thoughts on sketching, […]

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Redefining, Redesigning Fashion at the Goldstein Museum of Design

The Goldstein Museum of Design  is hosting a new exhibition called Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability. Now through May 26, you can see work on display by designers from the U.S.A., Australia, Europe, and Asia. The final designs on display were chosen by a jury of Anna Carlson, Anna Lee, and York Hu, each of whom have examples of their own work in the exhibition. All garments are a 21st century design that incorporates recycling, repurposing, and reclaiming that redefines sustainable fashion. The exhibition explores how designers can create clothing and accessories with consideration to the environmental, economic, and social impacts. The fashion industry has many creative and cultural aspects, but the negative features such as textile waste, water…

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Redesigning the Minneapolis Institute of Arts African Art Galleries

Cass Gilbert Professor-in-Practice Vincent James and Adjunct Professor Jennifer Yoos (B.Arch '91) will discuss plans for their redesign and renovation of the African Art Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. They will be joined by MIA Curator of African Art, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, in a conversation moderated by Alex Bortolot, MIA content strategist and an African art specialist. James and Yoos, along with Nathan Knutson (M.Arch '95), are principals at VJAA, which received the 2012 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. Attendees will receive sneak peeks of gallery renderings and gain insights into the design process. Visit the MIA website for more information.More stories from the College…

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Windows On Display at the Guthrie and Weisman

This semester students in Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising class worked with the Guthrie Theater and Weisman Art Museum (WAM) to create window displays for their shop windows. “I was impressed with this group’s sensitivity to the Guthrie architecture,” said Kay McGuire, Guthrie Theater shop Director of Retail and Merchandising. “Their design seeks to compliment the colors and shapes of the building and play off the winter season.” The winning display for the Guthrie, Modern Holiday, was designed by Elizabeth Huber, Carissa Prieve, Lindsey DeWitt, Crystal Compton, and Kora Gleason (pictured right). Students working with WAM were asked to use Files, the current WAM exhibit about the history of the museum and its collection, to influence their work. The winning design, Exhibition,…

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Weisman Art Museum Announces Plaza Design Competition Winner

This week, the team led by School of Architecture Adjunct Professors Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James of VJAA, working with architecture Associate Professor Marc Swackhamer of HouMinn Practice and others, was announced the winner of the Weisman Art Museum's Plaza Design Competition. A thoroughfare for bikers and pedestrians, the competition, conducted by the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, focused on the bridge plaza at the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge – noted for its magnificent views of the Mississippi River and access to the University of Minnesota's west bank campus. "I think what was unique about our scheme was its sensitivity to the existing site and surrounding buildings," said Swackhamer. "We endeavored to have a profound impact…

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Retail Students Design Window Display for Weisman Art Museum

Retail Merchandising students in the Retail Environments and Human Behavior class collaborated with the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) Shop and designed its window display for its reopening in October. The window designers include Dooyoung Choi, Nicole R Gruber, Karen James, Morgan Mae Neisinger, Grace Louise Nordloh, Katherine E Taylor, and Courtney Lynn Zeidler. For more on the College of Design's Retail Merchandising program, click here….

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Landscape Architecture Professor Krinke and The Emotional Landscape

Landscape Architecture Professor Rebecca Krinke will be in Fargo, ND, next Tuesday, November 8th, at 7PM, to give a public lecture on her public art work titled "The Emotional Landscape." Krinke will discuss her recent participatory public artworks that explore place and emotion, with a focus on her recent project, The Mapping of Joy and Pain. Place and emotion are strongly intertwined, but often overlooked, when thinking about cities, design, and people's experiences. "My talk will also include a participatory event for the audience to try out a 'writing of joy and pain,'" said Krinke. Krinke's talk is sponsored by the Plains Art Museum and City of Fargo. For more information, visit the Plains Art Museum's website here. Krinke's…

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College of Design Fall 2011 exhibitions schedule


Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD)

McNeal Hall Gallery, St. Paul campus

Beyond Peacocks and Paisleys: Handcrafted Textiles of India and Its Neighbors
Through September 25
Public lecture by Donald Clay Johnson, September 18, 2 PM, 33 McNeal Hall

Explore the broad variety of surface design and weaving techniques employed in South Asia. This exhibition will also reveal the connections of South Asian textiles to American fashion and American hand craft of the studio arts and DIY movements.

Co-curated by Hazel Lutz and Anna Carlson from Donald Clay Johnson’s Paritosh Collection of South Asian Textiles. Lecture sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.

Polarities: Black and White in Design
October 15 – December 30
Opening reception October 20, 6-8 PM

In Western cultures, black and white are often associated with concepts such as death, wickedness, cleanliness, purity, and peace. The social meanings attributed to black and white can be conflicted and varied. However, whether used for pragmatic issues of readability, stylistic effect, economy of means, or cultural standards, the use of black and white in design is not incidental. This exhibition explores social interpretations of black, white, and black and white in objects throughout GMD’s collections.

HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, Minneapolis campus

The Architecture of Erginoğlu & Çalışlar, Istanbul, Turkey
September 6 – October 22
Lecture by the architects in conjunction with Rendezvous with the U, October 14

Founded in 1993 by Hasan Çalışlar and Kerem Erginoğlu, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects is an Istanbul-based architecture firm that specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design. Awards for their innovative projects include the New & Old Award for the Salt Repository-Medina Turgul DDB Head Quarters in the World Architecture Festival 2010.

Architecture and Ceramics: A Material for the Ages
October 31 – December 17

Architecture and ceramics are fundamental cultural forms. Both share a central concern with formal issues such as scale, the relationship between inside and outside, and the containment of space. And both engage the physical together with the philosophical, encompassing both a building or artifact and the ideas it embodies. The kinship between architecture and ceramics draws upon the physical materials they use and the formal and conceptual problems they address. Ultimately, however, what binds them together is their shared connection with human use, and human life–and art. This photographic exhibition illuminates the rich and complex relationship between architecture and ceramics from the ancient world to the present featuring works by major architects Antoni Gaudí, Louis Sullivan, Raymond Hood, Carlo Scarpa, Oscar Niemeyer, and Renzo Piano, as well as artists Robert Arneson, Nino Caruso, Bill Daley, Nina Hole, Charles Simonds, and Betty Woodman.

Curated by Robert Silberman.

GMD programs funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library Gallery
Rapson Hall, Minneapolis campus

The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania: An Artist’s Perspective
Artist, Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
September 23 – December 30
Opening reception September 23, 5:30-7 PM

Wooden synagogues that were constructed from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century once dotted the landscape of Lithuania as well as Western Europe. Today only 23 remain in the world, eight in Lithuania. Based on visits to the remote villages in Lithuania and conversing with the villagers who still reside there, artist, Joyce Ellen Weinstein’s photographs and paintings illustrate the history, documentation and memories of these old world structures. Her works are in permanent and private collections in the United States and Europe. She is among the artists included in Fixing the World: Jewish American Artists of the Twentieth Century, published by the Brandies Division of New England University Press and The Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has received many honors and awards and has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate; three times finalist and one time winner Metro DC Dance Awards for Scenic Design.

For more information about library exhibitions and events contact Deborah K. Ultan Boudewyns, ultan004@umn.edu or 612-624-6383.

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Goldstein sisters featured in Minnesota Monthly

Former faculty and namesakes for the College of Design’s Goldstein Museum of Design, Harriet and Vetta Goldstein, were featured in a recent edition of Minnesota Monthly. Their profile was included in a piece titled “Women’s Work,” which examined how “a small cadre of women introduced wine, design, fashion and French cuisine to Minnesotans” in the mid-20th century.

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Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum partners with Target on back-to-school collection

Bill Moran, typography lecturer in the College of Design’s graduate minor program, is currently the artistic director at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and has partnered with Target to produce a back-to-school collection for the retailer.

The museum houses the world’s largest collection of wood type, with 1.5 million plates of graphics that include crowns, roaring tigers, 1950s movie posters, circus imagery and countless letters and numbers. Graphics from the museum will appear on pencil cases, handbags, pajamas and clothing for boys, girls, men and women in 1,755 Target stores nationwide beginning July 10, 2011.

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