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  1. A Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970

    Art and design were not peripheral symptoms of politics during the Cold War: they played a central role in representing and sometimes challenging the dominant political and social ideas of the age.

    01.09.09

  2. A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-43

    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-43 considers the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs on American culture. The...

    01.09.09

  3. Lecture: Cold War Modern—Design 1945–1970

    Lecture: Cold War Modern—Design 1945–1970

    Dr. Pavitt will demonstrate how these aspects of Cold War modernity were manifested through objects, stressing the utopian nature of design practice in the period on both sides of the Iron Curtain....

    02.19.09

  4. Masters of Mid-Century California Modernism: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman

    Masters of Mid-Century California Modernism: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman

    The exhibition will offer an overview of the Ackermans' 50-year collaborative partnership, focusing on their work in decorative art and design, and their contribution to California mid-century...

    03.01.09

  5. A POD in the Garden

    A POD in the Garden

    The Garden Conservancy & Flora Grubb Gardens present 2009 Garden Design Talk at Flora Grubb Gardens. A POD in the Garden: Capturing and creating your own "personal outdoor dwelling" in the garden...

    03.01.09

  6. Green Urban Living Event

    Stop by the first mixed-use building within the Triangle district for a weekend-long open house showcasing sustainable design. Four out of the ten lofts will be open to the public; each has been...

    03.01.09

  7. NEXT: Contemporary Art and Design Group Exhibition

    NEXT: Contemporary Art and Design Group Exhibition

    This first annual group exhibition will feature a collection of new and innovative furniture, lighting, accessories and jewelry.

    03.01.09

  8. Reception: Final Projects—Group XXVII

    This exhibition features the work of Simon Fujiwara and the team Hanakam & Schuller, and architects Alan Cicmak and the team Schinegger/Rutzinger.

    03.01.09

  9. Exhibition: Work AC—49 Cities

    Exhibition: Work AC—49 Cities

    49 cities is a call to re-engage cities as the site of radical thinking and experimentation, moving beyond ‘green building’ towards an embrace of ideas, scale, vision and common sense combined with...

    03.01.09

  10. Stephanie Odegard: Business, Artisanal Design and Social Responsibility

    Stephanie Odegard: Business, Artisanal Design and Social Responsibility

    Stephanie Odegard, founder of Odegard rug company, will share her thoughts on her involvement in assisting developing countries through business, the promotion and preservation of traditional...

    03.01.09

  11. Fashioning Felt

    Fashioning Felt

    This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with...

    03.01.09

  12. European Design Since 1985—Shaping the New Century

    European Design Since 1985—Shaping the New Century

    The exhibition will present 250 seminal works including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass and product design that reveal the extraordinary creativity of two generations of designers in Belgium,...

    03.01.09

  13. Fresh Flowers—The Evolution of Floral Design in 20th-Century Textiles

    Fresh Flowers—The Evolution of Floral Design in 20th-Century Textiles

    Throughout the centuries, flowers have been an important source of inspiration for western textile designers. The twentieth century was a particularly fertile period of innovation and change in...

    03.01.09

  14. Jennifer Steinkamp—Fly to Mars

    Jennifer Steinkamp—Fly to Mars

    Steinkamp is a contemporary artist working in the field of new media art. Fly to Mars is a computer-animated projection of a tree that comes to life with movement as it cycles through the four...

    03.01.09

  15. Screening: Objectified

    Screening: Objectified

    Presenting the regional premiere of Objectified, the new feature-length independent documentary about industrial design from the director of Helvetica. Exploring the creative processes of some of...

    03.01.09

  16. Blackman Cruz Presents An Evening of Glass

    Blackman Cruz Presents An Evening of Glass

    The evening will feature the work of two glass artists: Lianne Gold, a California artist and designer, and Andrew Thompson, a native of the Twin Cities.

    03.01.09

  17. Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

    In this hands-on workshop from Slow Food Chicago, you will graft and take home a low-maintenance fruit tree that can produce fruit organically without harmful spraying. There will also be fruit...

    03.19.09

  18. Karim Rashid at the MAD

    Karim Rashid at the MAD

    The designer and guest curator of Mad's current exhibition Totally Rad will speak about innovations in contemporary design, as part of a conversational exchange with MAD chief curator David McFadden.

    03.19.09

  19. Spring Sale at Renegade Handmade

    Spring Sale at Renegade Handmade

    Stop by the brick and mortar shop, located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, for DIY goods from over 300 independent artists. To celebrate spring, Renegade will offer 25% off select housewares...

    03.20.09

  20. Marcel Breuer's Design and Architecture

    Marcel Breuer's Design and Architecture

    RISD Museum assistant director James Brayton Hall will lead a discussion on the furniture and architectural design of Marcel Breuer, and the materials he favored.

    03.23.09

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