College of Design events this week -- November 16, 2009

Lectures

Shanties fit for swine in God-forsaken places: How picture-brides made homes in the Pacific Northwest landscape lecture by Gail Dubrow
Monday, November 16, 2009, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Ordinary women rarely have been imagined as significant agents of change in shaping the landscape of the American West, but a new exhibit at the Autry Museum of the American West starts from that premise. Commissioned for one segment of the exhibit, this research draws on the material culture, personal narratives, and poems of Japanese picture brides to reveal their key role in transforming the rough architecture and raw landscape associated with Japanese men, who immigrated before them to work in lumber camps and on farmsteads, into places women considered suitable for human habitation.

Events

Design @ Noon
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 12 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall
The School or Architecture hosts the Fall 2009 Design @ Noon lecture series on select Wednesdays this semester. This week's lecture will be given by Rachel Iannacone.

Greenscreen: Screening Environmental Films and Documentaries
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 6 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall
Join Greenlight and your fellow design colleagues to watch Crude Awakening. Award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack examine the world's dependency on oil and the impending chaos that's sure to follow when the resource is dry in this straight-from-the-headlines documentary. Through expert interviews on a hot-button topic that might represent the world's most dire crisis, the film underscores our desperate need for alternative energy and spells out in startling detail the challenge we face in finding it.

Opening party for Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller
Friday, November 20, 2009, 6 p.m., Goldstein Museum of Design Gallery
Good Design: Stories From Herman Miller explores the problem-solving design process of the world-renowned furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. The exhibition features selections from The Herman Miller Design Collection -- an archive of the company's innovative processes and products, most of which have never been on public view.

Dirty Laundry
Friday, November 20, 2009, 7 p.m., William G. Shepherd Room Weisman Art Museum
Dirty Laundry is back for Fall semester. Come hear some great design professionals divulge stories about their best and worst work experiences. It's a great way to learn more about the field of design and meet designers. Free and open to all U of M students and alumni. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. View the Facebook Event page.

Exhibitions

HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

Noguchi: The Sets for Martha Graham
November 9-December 20, 2009
Organized with assistance and generosity of the Noguchi Museum
Isamu Noguchi (1904-88), a prominent Japanese-American artist and landscape architect, designed more than 20 innovative sets for original Martha Graham (1894-1991) dance productions. A ground-breaking dancer and choreographer, Graham defined the modern dance movement.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Dewey Thorbeck Travel Sketches: An Architect's Recordings of Natural and Human Landscapes
September 25-December 27, 2009
Architects who draw and record their travels have a special way of seeing the world. It is a methodology where images are engraved in their mind rather than on film. A photograph or sketch is a snapshot of a moment in time. The photograph shows you reality as seen through the camera lens, while the sketch records the emotion and character of place as seen through the eyes and hands of the artist.

Goldstein Museum of Design, McNeal Hall

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller
November 21, 2009-January 17, 2010
Good Design: Stories From Herman Miller explores the problem-solving design process of the world-renowned furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. The exhibition features selections from The Herman Miller Design Collection -- an archive of the company's innovative processes and products, most of which have never been on public view.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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