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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, Saint Paul Campus


Design Cycles: A Bike Show

January 24 – May 10, 2015
Opening Party: Friday, January 23, 6-8pm

To bike or not to bike, that is the question. The Goldstein Museum of Design’s upcoming exhibition Design Cycles: A Bike Show answers that question handily. Confirm your own hunches about why riding is a must in Minnesota, a state with a long time commitment to cracking the code on how bikes work in U.S. cities. Known for an expansive infrastructure that has increased ridership, Minnesota is home to a committed culture of cyclists with entrepreneurial savvy.

See frames by regional builders including Erik Noran and Curt Goodrich, gear and tools by Twin Six and Bike Fixtation, and the big fat history of Surly’s big fatbike. A short history on early bicycles and maps will provide insights into the inherent allure of bicycles. The bicycle’s historic role in liberating the individual, and its more contemporary role in liberating the individual from the automobile, has positioned it as a political object complete with advocates and adversaries.


Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director

Summer 2014 (Dates TBD, rescheduled)

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 Reception: 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 African-American couple 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.

Curators: Greg Donofrio & Laurel Fritz


Rapson at 100: Process | Themes | Variations

HGA Gallery Link

Opens October 6, 2014

Celebrating Ralph Rapson’s centennial birthday (September 13, 1914 – March 29, 2008), this exhibition demonstrates the creative thinking and sure hand of the longest-serving head of the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture. Selected drawings illustrate this innovative architect and educator's use of sketching to explore and advance architectural ideas.  



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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