Sunday, August 1, 2010

Small Museum of the Month: The Goldstein Museum of Design

* Mission * As an educational and cultural institution, the Goldstein Museum of Design advances the understanding and appreciation of design and cultivates an awareness that designed objects can contribute to quality of life by providing effective solutions to human challenges and aesthetic satisfaction.

* About * GMD is part of the University of Minnesotas College of Design. GMD was founded in 1976 and is named after two legendary U of M design professors, Harriet and Vetta Goldstein, who taught design from 1910-1940s. Their teaching philosophy and personal collecting formed the basis for GMD’s collection and emphasis on design that touches people’s lives. The collection now contains over 26,000 objects that include clothing (the largest group), textiles, decorative arts, furniture, and graphic design. GMD presents 3-4 exhibitions in McNeal Hall and 6-8 in the HGA gallery in Rapson Hall. Exhibition topics explore design, including clothing, textiles, architecture, housing, furniture, and landscape architecture. Each exhibition is accompanied by 3-4 public programs. GMD shows collection objects to U of M classes, classes from area universities, and K-12 classes. The collection is a major design resource for local designers and is becoming increasingly accessible through an IMLS-funded digital database project.

* Visiting GMD * McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, on the Saint Paul, Minnesota campus contains the gallery (241), collection Research Center (333), and the administrative office (364). Gallery hours are:

* Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
* Weekends 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

HGA Gallery at Rapson Hall, 80 Church Street, on the Minneapolis, Minnesota campus is open seven days a week. Both galleries are closed for University holidays.

Website See links to Facebook, Twitter, and Flicker on the home page.

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Photo of Museum of the Month will be added to the front page of the SMA website shortly. All photos courtesy of the Goldstein Museum of Design. The three photos are of a class doing an artifact analysis from the collection and two images of exhibition openings - "Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller" and " Ethnic Dress and Folk Costume." The Herman Miller exhibition was organized and toured by the Muskegeon Museum of Art. The ethnic dress exhibition was organized by GMD from the collection.


  1. Thanks, SMA! We're in the process of developing a digital database of the collection - see recently taken photos on the website, Facebook, and Flicker. The database is set to go live on the web this fall.

  2. Beautiful banner at your site as well, I am reminded of some wall paintings by the Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, such as this one You browse more murals of his at