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From Towers to Teakettles: Michael Graves Architecture and Design

Tea Kettle, for Alessi, Michael Graves (1985).
Tea Kettle, for Alessi, Michael Graves (1985). Image courtesy of Michael Graves (1985).
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, 55404

This exhibition will showcase Graves's style and will also focus on the roles of context, accessibility, and total design in his work.

An architectural mini-retrospective section will represent a range of the firm's projects, through models, drawings, and photographs, including the Fargo-Moorhead Cultural Bridge (1977), the Washington Monument Restoration (1998-2000), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Target Wing (2006), and an extensive integrated resort in Sentosa, Singapore (2006 - present). A section devoted to product design, which has literally made Graves a household name, will include his iconic whistling bird teakettle for Alessi (1985), jewelry designs for Belvedere (1991), selections from his "top 25" product designs for Target (1999-present), and a soon-to-be-launched line of accessibility products for Drive Medical.

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