Michigan History Museum - Minds of Modernism

Date:  October 08, 2016  -  August 27, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Location: 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48915

An abstract painting by William Kessler in brown, blue and white on a light brown background.

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Discover the national impact of Michigan designers and architects like Minoru Yamasaki and Eero Saarinen as they adopted and spread mid 20th-century modern concepts that came to be found in anything from dishes to chairs to home design. Minds of Modernism draws from two recently published books - Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie by Susan J. Bandes and Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America by Amy Arnold and Brian Conway. This special exhibit also takes a little extra pride in highlighting the modern design contributions of William Kessler, architect of our very own home, the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

Minds of Modernism invites you to:

  • experience the mid-20th-century modern lifestyle - rearrange the reproduction modern furniture and kick back to watch TV or read a book
  • build several Modern structures including the international style Lever House, a load-bearing tower and a curtain wall building
  • tackle modern design challenges with architectural Legos, blocks and drawing supplies
This exhibit is included with museum admission. You can save on admission and receive other great benefits when you become a Michigan History Center member.

The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 12/15/2016