Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Good Design Exhibitions

Good design – art with a purpose – takes center stage at the Woodson Art Museum in three exhibitions that feature iconic furniture designs of the 1950s and 60s along with a contemporary twist. Good Design and two complementary exhibitions on view through April 3, 2011.

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller presents the sleek and sophisticated, yet funky and ergonomically sound furnishings the West Michigan-based company, Herman Miller, Inc., invented and refined as it transformed the office furniture industry. Drawings and prototypes demonstrate the creative freedom given to designers and the collaborative problem-solving process used to produce masterpieces of modern design.

Husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames’ molded plywood Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa, and Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s Aeron Chair are among some of the most iconic objects of the last century and included in Good Design.

Galleries feature office environments, interactive stations, and Madmen-esque interiors where visitors can draw inspiration from the colors, patterns, and lines that distinguish mid-century modern style.

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan, in collaboration with The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, through the support of Herman Miller, Inc. The exhibition is curated by John Berry, Holland; coordinated by Timothy Chester, Grand Rapids; designed by Judy Hillman and Barb Loveland, Hillman Associates, Saugatuck; and fabricated by Vincent Faust, Kalamazoo. The exhibition is made possible at the Woodson Art Museum thanks to UMR, a UnitedHealthcare Company; and Samuels Group | Environments, Wausau.

Two complementary exhibitions offer a fresh take on classic furniture design. In It’s Herman Miller Time: Today’s Furniture Makers Respond, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and undergraduate furniture students looked to Herman Miller pieces for inspiration and then constructed chairs, tables, and cabinets to reveal their visions for contemporary furniture. This Woodson Art Museum- and UW-Madison-organized exhibition focuses on the design process and how finished works suit the human body. Using a red IBM Selectric typewriter, visitors are encouraged to finish the sentence, “Good design is…” and also to vote for their favorite design.

Google Doodles: Design for the Modern Office showcases images that have enlivened the mainstay of the twenty-first-century computer monitor – the Google home page and its ubiquitous search box. Since 1998, the Google logo has been refreshed with doodles marking the holidays and birthdays of artists and scientists, a practice that sparked an international following and contributed to the company’s reputation for innovation and creativity. What began with the experimental musings of an intern led to the appointment of a chief doodler and a team of designers. Google Doodles, with its 150 images continuously looping on a monitor, mounted images, and the opportunity for visitors to sketch their own doodles, celebrates creative expression in the modern office. Google Doodles was organized by curator of exhibitions Andy McGivern and Preston Hershorn, of Google, Inc.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, located in a beautiful residential area on the east side of Wausau, Wisconsin, offers artworks from every corner of the world to north central Wisconsin residents and visitors through diverse changing exhibitions. Best known is the internationally acclaimed Birds in Art, an annual juried exhibition that showcases a variety of artistic styles – from impressionism to satirical caricature – created by artists the world over and documented in a full-color catalogue.

Woodson Art Museum Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007
Phone: 715.845.7010
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