While Michigan makers have produced some of the iconic work that shaped the 20th century modernism movement, a robust design legacy isn’t commonly associated with the state. Now, a new exhibit seeks to tell the story of the state’s contributions, from architecture to furniture and, of course, cars.On Friday, “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America” opens to the public at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit. The exhibit was a collaboration of curators Monica Ponce De Leon and Greg Saldaña of MPdL Studio, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the State Historic Preservation office. Giving people a newfound understanding of the state’s importance as a design center was the hope of the exhibit’s founders, said Brian Conway, state historic preservation officer.“We see that, from what was coming out of Michigan, we had a major impact on the American lifestyle,” he said. “Where you live ...Read More
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