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Ford House will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (Jan 1).
Holiday Festivities for the Whole Family!
Cookies and Breakfast with Santa, holiday teas, specialty tours, and more! Members, you get early access to tickets on 10/4. General tickets available the week of 10/10.
Talk: Detroit's "Design DNA": The DIA's 1949 For Modern Living Exhibition
How can the legacy of Detroit’s past – its “design DNA” – inspire Detroit artists, institutions and civic/business leaders of today and tomorrow?
Join art historian Deborah Lubera Kawsky to explore a watershed moment in Detroit design history: the 1949 For Modern Living exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Centered on the DIA’s Great Hall (totally transformed with nine fully-furnished modern-style rooms), For Modern Living marshaled midcentury masters Alexander Girard, Minoru Yamasaki, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Charles Eames, and others to create a “new ideal of beauty” for the modern era.
More importantly, the exhibition – which focused on modern design for the home and employed civic/corporate partnerships, innovative exhibition displays and new technology — provides lessons for Detroit’s design community today. Dr. Kawsky will end her lecture by exploring designs for the home of today – and tomorrow – with a focus on artists trained and/or currently based in Metro Detroit.
Admission: $12 for non-members, $10 for members. Members, please log in to the account to receive your discounted rate.
All sales are final and no refunds are given.
Photo credit: *Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition Room, For Modern Living Exhibition, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1949. Courtesy: Detroit Institute of Arts.