November 29, 2022

4040ST. PAUL, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2016) — Displaying 40 objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design’s collection does not tell the whole story. In fact, the exhibited objects represent only about 1/10th of a percent of the 34,000+ objects catalogued, housed, and cared for by GMD. Since its 1976 opening, GMD has collected thousands of objects from over 1,000 donors, and curated over 200 exhibitions.

The Seeing 40/40 exhibit will run Sept. 10, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017 at Gallery 241, 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. The opening party will be held Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.

The 40/40 exhibit encourages visitors to see the presence of design in all of our lives and its keen ability to remind one of time and place. Forty people with a variety of backgrounds have generously contributed their skills to the exhibition, selecting an object from GMD’s permanent collection and providing a unique context for it. Whether an object’s writer has a formal approach that discusses its functionality and history, or a more journalistic approach that includes a personal narrative, visitors will see the object through another’s eyes.

Objects on display include the Rapson Rapid Rocker by legendary architect Ralph Rapson – selected by Thomas (Toby) Rapson, architect and owner of Rapson Architects and co-owner of Rapson-Inc.; a pleated Delphos gown and hand-stenciled cape by Venetian designer Mariano Fortuny – selected by Mary Abbe, art critic/art news reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune; a red monokini by Rudi Gernreich – selected by Camille LeFevre, Twin Cities arts journalist; and a 1920s era screen print by textile artist Henriette Reiss – selected by Tim Carl, FAIA, CEO and a design principal at HGA Architects and Engineers. Join us in reflecting on how design solves complicated issues, and unscrambles daily dilemmas in wondrous ways.

Our 40 commentators include:

Mary Abbe, Chris Amundsen, David Anger, Bill Bloedow, Tim Carl, Ruth Crane, Dolores DeFore, Joanne Eicher, Kaywin Feldman, Tom Fisher, Tim Fleming, Laura Fulk, Emily Galusha, Lois Gibson, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Roald Gunderson, Lili Hall, Christine Hartman, Barbara Heinemann, Helena Hernmarck, Linda Hersom, Karen Kaler, Bruce Karstadt, Lyndel King, Judith Kinghorn, Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, Nicole LaBouff, Stephanie Lake, Camille LeFevre, Linda Mona, Lin Nelson-Mayson, Jennifer Komar Olivaraz, Toby Rapson, Jeff Rathermel, Karl Reichert, Debbie Simmons, Joy Teiken, Joan Vorderbruggen, Jill Ahlberg Yohe, and Becky Yust

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD), part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, supports design teaching, research, and discovery through exhibitions, publications, programs, and partnerships. 

Gallery 241 has free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends and is closed Mondays and all university holidays. Parking is in Gortner Ramp at 1395 Gortner Avenue and the lot at the top of Lower Buford Circle. Bicycle racks are available by the west entrance to McNeal Hall.

Metered handicapped parking is available in front of the Lower Buford Circle entrance. Handicapped parking is also available on Upper Buford Circle at the north end of the building. An automatic door is located just around the corner from the metered handicapped parking at the back east side of the building. Visitor drop-off/pick-up is available at the accessible Buford Avenue south entrance and the west entrance on Lower Buford Circle.

For bus information, call (612) 373-3333 or visit http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/connectors.html or http://www.metrotransit.org/

Support for this exhibition and programs provided by the Goldstein Museum of Design, the College of Design, and generous individuals. In addition 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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