July 19, 2011

Institute of Design Exhibition, 1948

Web_WAM_003_InstituteofDesignEx_1.jpgAnother early look into the composition and content of the exhibit spaces of the University Gallery in Northrop Auditorium is captured in these photos of the Institute of Design Exhibition, held January 26-February 25, 1948.

According to a UM News Release from January 20, 1948 (Digital Conservancy), the exhibit was “a comprehensive exhibition of almost 300 examples of work done by faculty members and students of the Institute of Design in Chicago.

Artists featured in the exhibition included: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Gyorgy Kepes, Richard Koppe, Serge Chermayeff, George Fred Keck, and Arthur Siegel.


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“The Institute of Design in its teaching methods urges free experimentation by students and an analysis of the problems involved in the particular problem concerned.”

Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.

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