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Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America
Don’t let the name fool you: The Denver Art Museum‘s exhibition “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America,” on view May 5-August 25, isn’t just about toys. Rather, it explores how play as a form of experimentation led to some of the midcentury modern furnishings and objects we know and love today.
Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum around three themes–the American home, child’s play and corporate approaches to design–the show encompasses 200 works in media ranging from works on paper and textiles to furniture and films.
Look for iconic designs like the Eames Storage Unit for Herman Miller Furniture Company along with less familiar works, such as Ruth Adler Schnee’s wacky Humpty Dumpty furnishing fabric for Adler-Schnee Associates. And yes, toy fans, there’s something for you, too, from Arthur A. Carrara’s Magnet Master 400 game to Isamu Noguchi’s study model for a colorful and quirky play sculpture.
PHOTO: EDGAR ORLAINE
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