Visits and Discoveries

Seattle, WA: Seattle Public Library

Visit:  we met with Bo Kinney in the Archives

They have complete archives of the Koolhaus architecture, as well as previous building archives. Drawings, models, committee notes.

They also have some archives on local architects, including architectural...

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Digital Content Library

Visit: We met with Rebecca Moss, who is in charge of the digital content library for the school of liberal arts, and also Inga ?, who handled the same for the school of architecture and design. They are both Visual Resource curators.

Most of their archival holdings are images. Began...

Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center Library

Visit: We met with Jill Vuchetich, the Walker Archivist.  The Walker does not actually collect any design, but their first director was an architect, Dan Deffenbacher, and very interested in using the museum as an educational tool. The Walker was a WPA project, and education...

Northfield, MN: Carlton College

Visit: We met with Victoria Morse, literature professor, and Heidi Eyestone, from the library.

They run a project which is Mellon funded, Visuality across the curriculum. Enhanching teacing with the visual.


Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Visit: We met with Kevin Byrne, Design faculty, and long time colleague. Kevin was a part of GDEA in the early days, and has known Johan for  many years.

Kevin did an exhibition on Rob Roy Kelly just after his...

Plano, IL: Farnsworth House

Visit: Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House is a Mecca for Modernists. We have visited twice, and were fortunate each time to have an almost-private showing, lead by the Center's Director, who is knowledgable and...

Chicago, IL: Morningstar

Visit: We met with Philip Burton, who is on our Advisory Board. Another old colleague, and friend of Armin and Dorothea Hofmann.

He took us on a tour of the wonderful new Morningstar building. It is an amazing array of well-designed furnishings, lighting, signage,...

Chicago, IL: Art Institute of Chicago

Visit: Met with Zoe Ryan, Design Curator for the AIC. They have about 250,000 objects in the Architecture and Design department, of which about 600-700 are specifically design from the 1980+ period.

The Department of Architecture became the Dept of Architecture and...

Chicago, IL: Chicago Design Archive / Society of Typographic Arts

Visit: Met Jack Weiss, President of the Society of Typographic Arts.

We attended the opening of the annual exhibition of the STA Chicago Design Archives. They have been collecting for years, and have an annual competition. 

Jack was responsible for salvaging...

Chicago, IL: Wright Auction House

Visit: Wright Action House.

Auction house specializing in modernist furniture and art.

Their catalogs are all digitized and searchable, and include sales prices when applicable.

Great resource for information on 20th C design