THE HOUSE THAT MODERNISM BUILT

Posted March 21, 2016

March 24 – September 11, 2016: Visit the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for a new exhibition that explores how modern design has shaped our lives.

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The House That Modernism Built features the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s rich mid-20th century art collection alongside furniture, textile, and ceramic holdings on loan from various institutions including the Eames Office, Herman Miller Archives, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, along with works from private collectors.

The exhibition illustrates how the modern aesthetic shaped people’s lives during the 20th century throughout the United States and the affinity of aesthetic and philosophical principles that influenced art and design during this period. In particular, the show emphasizes process, examining how designers and artists considered and tackled projects and problems, and how the innovations in other disciplines from the sciences to the humanities influenced their direction and thinking. To trace the creative process and critical approach to problem solving, the exhibition will include prototypes, design plans, and manufactured pieces alongside drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures.

While the scope of the show is international, it draws attention to design innovations particularly embraced in the United States with a regional focus on production in North Carolina. The works date from 1920 through 1980, but the groundbreaking choices of material and manufacturing processes by makers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Victor Vasarely, Zoltan Kemeny, Kenneth Noland, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Girard, and Buckminster Fuller remain vital, revealing how these larger principles of modernism continue to resonate in our lives today.

Exhibition Details
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Fourth-floor Gallery
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
704.353.9200

March 24, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Click here for hours & admission information.

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