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Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Opens at the Cranbrook Art Museum

Classic Designs from Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen Showcased

June 26, 2013

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America, a new exhibition that highlights the industrial and design history that positioned Michigan at the epicenter of mid-twentieth century modern design, is now on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The exhibit showcases a number of classic pieces from Knoll designers affiliated with Cranbrook, including he Florence Knoll Table Desk, introduced in 1961; the Bertoia Diamond Chair, designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952; and the Saarinen Executive Chair, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1950. The pieces highlight how industry and design intertwined to influence “nearly every aspect of American life.”

Three additional exhibitions will also be on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum: What to Paint and Why: Modern Painters at Cranbrook, 1936 – 1974, From the Archives: Teaching and Exhibiting Painting at Cranbrook, 1930 1970, and A Driving Force: Cranbrook and the Car.

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America will be on display through October 13, 2013 at the Cranbrook Art Museum, located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.