Cabinets of Curiosity: Goldstein Museum of Design

Tue, Nov 7 2023, 1pm

241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul

The material world we live in is shaped by design. While popular discussions of design typically focus on fashion and furniture, design is fundamental in art, architecture, and indeed nearly all aspects of the everyday world around us. Slowing down to observe, we find seemingly endless evidence of the innovativeness born in human imagination and collaboration. 

The Goldstein Museum of Design, in the College of Design, had its origin in textiles collected by two world-traveling sisters, Harriet and Vetta Goldstein. Today it encompasses the original base of international fabrics but attends as well to material objects constructed of plastic and metals. With objects including Christian Dior fashions, Navajo rugs, and Wedgwood china, this museum has something to interest everyone. Researchers find rare and representative materials for their studies in history, art, and culture, while students are introduced to the possibilities of object-centered learning. 

The event is free but registration is required. Event size is limited so register soon. See parking information.

On November 7, 2023, from 1 to 2:30 pm, the Cabinets of Curiosity series will take us to McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in St. Paul, where curator Jean McElvain will demonstrate and discuss some of the Goldstein’s fascinating and often unexpected holdings before we walk through the current gallery exhibit. After the tour, those interested will convene for conversation and refreshments.

Can’t attend this time? Look for more Cabinets of Curiosity outings in the coming months, including a visit to the Department of Entomology insect collection and the Natural History Library on February 8. 

Questions are welcome to Sally Gregory Kohlstedt ([email protected]), Jan Morlock ([email protected]), or Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]).

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