The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

Past Exhibits

June 26-Nov. 6, 2016
Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor’s marriage, Ford House presents a new exhibit, Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.

The exhibit highlighted the evolution of wedding traditions and trends over the last century, as seen through the lens of four generations of Ford family nuptials. 

Visitors were captivated by never-before-seen images from the family’s personal collections; footage from Edsel and Eleanor’s rehearsal dinner; wedding favors and accessories from throughout the decades; an original slice of Edsel and Eleanor’s wedding cake; and at the center of the exhibit, 14 en vogue bridal gowns worn by generations of Ford women – all on display together for the first time.

Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings was located in the South Cottage at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. 

Aug. 23, 2014-Oct. 23, 2016
Women Who Motor

When in the market for a new car, Eleanor Ford wanted extra headroom so her hats could fit in the backseat as well. So, when she ordered her 1952 Lincoln Town Car, her son, Henry, added nearly a foot to the top.

The exhibit featured Eleanor’s custom made 1952 Lincoln Town Car – along with Helen (Mrs. Henry) Joy’s 1914 Detroit Electric and a 1965 Mustang owned by a member of the Ford Family – in Women Who Motor, an exciting new exhibit at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House!

The multimedia exhibit – which had films, vintage advertisements, and artifacts, such as Clara Ford’s driver’s permit and duster – focused on three time periods: The Early Years (1880-1945), the Post-War Years (1946-1964), and the Modern Era (1965-today), nearly 130 years of automotive history!

Women were tremendously influential to the history of the automobile and the industry as a whole. Added comfort and room. The electric start. A focus on safety. Attention to design. Women drastically shaped almost all features, inside and out, of the modern day automobile!

 

Witness the steady progression of both the automobile and cultural views of women through photos, media, writings, and personal stories – Women Who Motor put you in the driver’s seat through the journey of more than a 100 years of history.
 

June 3 to Sept. 1, 2014
Creating Neverland: The Art of Disney's Mary Blair


This colorful and fun exhibit opened during the 4th Annual Fairy Tale Festival! The Festival's theme was "A Neverland Adventure," which is one of the world's that Mary Blair created through illustration.

Mary Blair (1911-1978) was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing idea art for such films as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella.

After the Festival, the exhibit focusing on Blair's illustrations for Disney's Peter Pan (1953) will be open through Sept. 1. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is included with your Ford House experience.

Blair also created character designs for endearing attractions such as Disneyland's “It's a Small World” and the 90-foot mosaic mural inside Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Ford House would like to give a special thanks to the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and Mary Blair’s family.

 

April 5 to June 1, 2014
The Garden at Night: A Photographic Journey

 

In this exhibit, the audience went on a nocturnal photographic journey to visit the most awe-inspiring gardens at a time of day that up until now has remained inaccessible!

Ford House presented the exhibition The Garden at Night: A Photographic Journey, from April 5 to June 1, 2014 in our charming South Cottage.

The Garden at Night presents a theatrical and sensuous photographic journey through the mysterious realm of the nocturnal garden. Most plants are vibrant, fragrant and anxious to entice the pollinating insects and bats that forage the garden throughout the evening hours. Photographer Linda Rutenberg shows that there is a lot going on in the garden - even after dark!

This exhibition has been organized by Linda Rutenberg, and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

 

Jan. 11 – March 30, 2014
Nature Uncontained: Metalwork by Kim Cridler

 

In this exhibit, steel, bronze, and silver vessels were decorated with beeswax, mother of pearl, silk, bone, amber, and other organic materials to create leaves, flowers, bees, and other animals. The flora and fauna connects the orderly vessels with the natural world.

Artist Kim Cridler, a Michigan native, is influenced by her childhood, when she learned her family history through examining their decorative and utilitarian objects, instead of photographs. This has led her to investigate how and why different meanings are attributed to objects and, similarly, how these meanings change over time.

After growing up in rural Michigan, Kim Cridler received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She later earned her Masters at the State University of New York at New Paltz and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She has recently had exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Tennessee, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids.

Some of the items in the exhibit were:

Field study 20: thicket
Steel, silver, bronze, hematite
2013, 78" high x 31"x 31"

Field study 15: burr oak
steel bronze
2012, 6' high x 20' x8'

bottle with leaves
bronze, horn
2010, 32.75" wide x 72" high

Urn with bees
Steel, cast bronze
2009, 35x70" high