3.27.2013

MICHIGAN MODERN: DESIGN THAT SHAPED AMERICA CRANBROOK


Photo credit: Cranbrook Academy of Art Orpheus Fountain and Peristyle
by Balthazar Korab courtesy of the Library of Congress

Michigan’s design visionaries touched nearly every aspect of American life. Automobile companies stylized the cars that became part of the American dream. The furniture industry revolutionized the American home and office. Architects Eero Saarinen and Minoru Yamasaki defined an era.

Join nationally renowned speakers and tour Michigan’s outstanding INCREDIBLE modern sites: General Motors Technical Center, Lafayette Park, Alden Dow Home and Studio, McGregor Memorial Center and the Ford River Rouge Plant.


Developed by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and Cranbrook Art Museum.


LANSING --The official launch of the ground-breaking Michigan Modern symposium and exhibition is set for the week of June 13-16, 2013, at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Symposium registration is now open at michiganmodern.org.

The goal of the project is to showcase how Michigan’s industrial and design history intertwined, creating an epicenter of modern design that touched nearly every aspect of American life. The project celebrates Michigan’s outstanding contributions to Modern design and the stories of the people who made it happen.

National experts in Modern design will converge on Cranbrook, June 13-16, 2013, for Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America, a symposium hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).


“What happened in Michigan – in the automotive industry, the furniture industry, in architecture, and in education – influenced design throughout the country and internationally. Michigan’s Modern designers truly shaped America,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “Detroit automakers didn’t just produce automobiles; they styled them to become synonymous with the American dream. West Michigan furniture companies didn’t just make furniture, they revolutionized the look of the American office and home. Michigan architects didn’t just build buildings, they defined an American modern era.”

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs. If you believe you've been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

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