The Director's House: Cranbrook
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The campus of Cranbrook Educational Community will welcome experts from around the world as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Cranbrook Art Museum and MPdl Studios of Ann Arbor, launch the most ambitious project to date examining the history of Michigan's role in the development of American mid-century Modernism.
A four-day symposium and four-month exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum will showcase how Michigan's industrial and design history intertwined during the middle of the 20th century, creating an epicenter of Modern design that touched nearly every aspect of American life. Michigan's industry, prosperity, and educational institutions attracted exceptional talent that defined the era.
The designers and architects defined the look of the 20th century with iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair, the expressive styling of the fins on a Cadillac, corporate campuses like the General Motors Technical Center and office environments revolutionized by Herman Miller.
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America begins with a symposium on June 13-16, hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and held on Cranbrook's Eliel Saarinen-designed campus. Hear stories directly from designers that were part of Michigan's mid-century design boom, such as Gunner Birkets and Ruth Adler Schnee. The location within the Cranbrook Educational Community serves to heighten the experience, as Cranbrook is at the heart of the Michigan Modern story.
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Symposium
June 13-16, Cranbrook Educational Community
Symposium registration is now open at michiganmodern.org. Advance registration is required. Discounted "early bird" registration ends May 15. Registration ends May 31 or when capacity has been reached.
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Exhibition
June 14 - Oct. 3, 2013, Cranbrook Art Museum
Admission: ArtMembers and Children 12 & under, Free; General: $8; Seniors (65+): $6; Students with ID: $4. Visitors with disabilities are encouraged to call the Front Desk of the Art Museum at 248-645-3320 during regular museum hours for assistance.
For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu
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