Today at Ford House

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.
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Photo credit: *Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition Room, For Modern Living Exhibition, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1949. Courtesy: Detroit Institute of Arts.