Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America
Cranbrook Thursday, June 13 – Sunday June, 16, 2013
Michigan’s industry and design intertwined creating an epicenter of modern design. Michigan visionaries touched nearly every aspect of American life. Detroit’s automobile manufacturers didn’t just produce automobiles; they styled them to become synonymous with the American dream. The state’s furniture makers didn’t just manufacture furniture; they revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki didn’t just design buildings; they defined an era. Michigan’s industry, prosperity, and educational institutions created a synergy that attracted the design talent that formed the foundation for modern American design. This exhibition celebrates Michigan’s outstanding contributions to Modern design and the stories of the people who made it happen.
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America is organized by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office in association with Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by MPdL Studio of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The exhibition will open at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Friday, June 14, 2013 and run through October 13, 2013.
A symposium celebrating Michigan Modern will be held at Cranbrook Thursday, June 13 – Sunday June, 16, 2013.
Symposium registration will begin in February 2013.