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Serious Play:
Design in Midcentury America

September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019
Baker/Rowland Galleries

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America explores the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. The exhibition presents play as a serious form of inspiration, experimentation, and problem solving. In midcentury America, such playful design occurred against the backdrop of a booming consumer market and as a counterbalance to Cold War–era anxiety. Furniture, toys, textiles, films, posters, ceramics are among the objects featured.

Co-organized with the Denver Art Museum



Presenting Sponsors:

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Artworks | National Endowment for the Arts Brady Herman Miller Cares
Supporting Sponsors: In Memory of L. William (Bill) Teweles BSI Melinda and Ken Krei The Terri and Verne Holoubek Family Foundation Anonymous

Programs + Events

Express Talk: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Thursday, January 3, Noon

Take a 30-minute art break and explore the exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, with a Museum expert. Explore the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children.

Baker/Rowland Galleries
Meijer Free First Thursday

Gallery Talk: Family Pictures

Tuesday, January 15, 1:30 PM
Image:
  • Ray Eames with the first prototype of The Toy, 1950. © Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)