Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Cranbrook
June 18, 2017
through October 8, 2017
Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan presents the US debut of this career retrospective of Alexander Girard (1907–1993), an incredibly influential 20th-century tastemaker. Girard worked across the fields of architecture, interior design, textiles, and graphics to create stunning environments that greatly enriched the visual language of mid-century Modernism. Girard added color, texture, decoration, the handmade, and even opulence to Modernism, making him an important touchstone for today’s artists and designers.
After moving to Michigan in 1937, Girard established a design office and retail space in Grosse Pointe. After relocating to New Mexico in 1953, Girard kept his ties to Michigan as the head of the textile and fabric division of Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan—a major purveyor of Modern design worldwide. He collaborated with many prominent designers and architects of the period, including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and George Nelson, among others.
This landmark exhibition presents a wide scope of Girard’s work, including furniture, textiles, graphics, architecture, and sculptures, as well as drawings and collages never before shown. In addition, the show features many folk art objects he had collected from all over the world and from which he drew inspiration.
Through October 8
Cranbrook Art Museum
Bloomfield Hills, MI