Sunday, August 30, 2009

Michael Graves Design Exhibit in Minneapolis

"From Towers to Teakettles: Michael Graves Architecture and Design" is an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that runs Aug. 29 through Jan. 3, 2010. This exhibition, organized on the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of Michael Graves Design for Target stores, showcases Graves's celebrated style and the roles of context, accessibility, and total design in his work.

Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Michael Graves (right) has developed an individual approach to architecture and design that combines his love of classical forms and elements with a sense of sophisticated wit.

An architectural mini-retrospective section represents a range of the firm's projects, through models, drawings, and photographs, including the Fargo-Moorhead Cultural Bridge (1977), the Washington Monument Restoration (1998-2000), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Target Wing (2006), and an extensive integrated resort in Sentosa, Singapore (2006 - present). A section devoted to product design, which has literally made Graves a household name, includes his iconic whistling bird teakettle for Alessi (1985) (left), jewelry designs for Belvedere (1991), selections from his "top 25" product designs for Target (1999-present), and a soon-to-be-launched line of accessibility products for Drive Medical.

Architect Michael Graves' new life is challenging. In 2003 at the age of 68, the internationally renowned "starchitect" - best known for his distinctive line of affordable housewares for Target - got a virus. The infection spread to his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

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