The Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University is running a fascinating exhibit entitled Designing Women of Postwar Britain: Their Art and the Modern Interior. Treat yourself to a little history and culture – come to town for the exhibit and stay in our luxury Lansing Michigan inn.
Wartime rarely allows for such frivolities as fashion – on the body or in the home. During World War II in England, people made due with what they had – anything extra went toward the war effort. Once the war was over, color and hope slowly started to return to people’s lives. Then, in 1950’s England, three women helped launch an artistic revolution that dramatically impacted textile design: Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, and Jacqueline Groag. Interior fabric design would never again be the same.
This is a rare chance to look at this postwar collection – built around the collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, of Denver, CO. A number of special events are being offered in conjunction with the exhibit: the MSU Library Film Series showed a new documentary film about the designs of Lucienne and Robin Day; fabric artists will demonstrate various techniques on cloth at the Grove Gallery Co-op on October 26; and Barnes & Noble Booksellers is offering textile demonstrations, weaving crafts for children, and a bookfair on November 28.
If your schedule permits, take advantage of the Gallery Walks with Museum Staff at Kresge – they are a great addition to any exhibit. Upcoming Gallery Walks are on Tuesday November 2, Thursday November 18, and Tuesday December 7, 2010. In addition, there will be a special reception for the exhibition collectors on Sunday, November 7. For more details, please visit the Kresge Art Museum.
Designing Women of Postwar Britain: Their Art and the Modern Interior runs through December 17, 2010. Add this to your itinerary if you are already planning a trip to our Lansing area bed and breakfast. If you don’t have any such plans, consider making them – this exhibit is worth a trip.